During the month of December, private businesses in the United States added more than 800,000 jobs, which was more than twice as many as analysts thought.
As of Wednesday, ADP and Moody’s Analytics said that private businesses hired about 807,000 people last month, in their report.
Most people thought the report would show about 380,000 new jobs.
Those who have more than 500 employees hired the most people, about 389,000. Small businesses made about 204,000 and medium-sized businesses made about 214,000.
Nela Richardson, ADP’s chief economist, said that the job market grew stronger in December because the Delta coronavirus variant had faded away and Omicron had not yet had an effect on the economy.
There were a lot of jobs created this year. Goods producers added the strongest number of jobs of the year, while service providers led the way.
Almost 670,000 jobs were added in the service sector, most of them in leisure and hospitality. There were about 140,000 new jobs created in the goods-producing sector, with manufacturing making up more than half of that number.
The report, on the other hand, said that private job growth for all of 2021 fell short of what it was like before the virus.
“Job growth in December brought the average for the fourth quarter to 625,000, well above the 514,000 average for the year. While 6 million jobs were added in 2021, private-sector payrolls are still nearly 4 million jobs short of pre-COVID-19 levels, even though there were more jobs added.”
The report from ADP and Moody’s came two days before the Labor Department released its official jobs report for December, which shows how many people worked in December. Most people think that report, which includes jobs in the public sector, will show that about 400,000 new jobs were added in the last year.
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It could be a sign of a better-than-expected Labor report on Friday, based on Wednesday’s report. About 210,000 people got jobs in November, which was less than half what economists thought.