U.S. companies hired 281,000 employees last month, up from 179,000 in May, according to the ADP National Employment Report. This was the biggest monthly increase since November 2012. Economists surveyed by Reuters had forecast that 200,000 jobs would be added.
Small businesses added 117,000 jobs, and mid-sized businesses added 115,000 jobs. There were 230,000 new jobs created in the services sector and 51,000 in the goods-producing industries. Construction jobs rose by 36,000.