U.S. private sector adds 205,000 jobs in January: ADP

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[February 03, 2016]  (Reuters) - U.S. private employers added 205,000 jobs in January, above economists' expectations, a report by a payrolls processor showed on Wednesday.

Economists surveyed by Reuters had forecast the ADP National Employment Report would show a gain of 195,000 jobs, with estimates ranging from 160,000 to 235,000.

Private payroll gains in the month earlier were revised up to 267,000 from an originally reported 257,000 increase.

The report is jointly developed with Moody's Analytics.

The ADP figures come ahead of the U.S. Labor Department's more comprehensive non-farm payrolls report on Friday, which includes both public and private-sector employment.

Economists polled by Reuters are looking for U.S. private payroll employment to have grown by 183,000 jobs in January, down from 275,000 the month before. Total non-farm employment is expected to increase by 190,000 versus 292,000 in December.

(Reporting by Dan Burns; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)

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