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ADP Says Companies in U.S. Added 177,000 Employees in August

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Can Jobs Boost Push Fed to September Rate Hike?

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Companies added workers to U.S. payrolls in August in line with projections, contributing to signs of a steady labor market, data from ADP Research Institute in Roseland, New Jersey, showed Wednesday.

Hiring managers are taking on workers to meet sales, evidence of sustained job-market progress that Federal Reserve officials will weigh when they meet in September to decide whether to raise interest rates. The ADP data may also help affirm economists’ estimates of private payrolls for the August jobs report from the Labor Department due Friday. Such strength would support what analysts project will be a third-quarter growth pickup after a lackluster first half.