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Survey: US companies added 238,000 jobs, most in year

A job fair in Georgia in November. ADP said that companies added 238,000 jobs in December.
A job fair in Georgia in November. ADP said that companies added 238,000 jobs in December.Credit: David Goldman/Associated Press/File

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WASHINGTON — A private survey shows US businesses added the most jobs in a year in December, powered by a big gain in construction. The figures are the latest evidence that the economy gained momentum at the end of 2013.

Payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that companies added 238,000 jobs in December, up slightly from 229,000 in the previous month. November’s figures were revised higher.

The report showed solid gains in higher-paying jobs.

Construction firms hired 48,000 additional workers in December, the most since 2006. And manufacturers added 19,000 positions. Companies in retail, transportation, and utilities also gained 47,000 jobs.

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