"The U.S. private sector added 238,000 jobs in December, surpassing November as the strongest month for job growth in 2013,” said Carlos Rodriguez, president and chief executive officer of ADP. “It’s encouraging news that hopefully bodes well for 2014."
ADP does not include public sector jobs in its monthly survey, and its numbers often contrast with the government's statistics as published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For instance, the BLS reported that, so far, February was the best month for job growth in 2013. The latest BLS report comes out Friday. The consensus of economists and other experts surveyed by
Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, said, "The job market ended 2013 on a high note. Job growth meaningfully accelerated and is now over 200,000 per month. Job gains are broad-based across industries, most notably in construction and manufacturing. It appears that businesses are growing more confident and increasing their hiring.”