In this Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, photo, Ammer Gondal, who is looking for work in the retail or food industry, waits to see a recruiter during a job fair hosted by the Gregory Jackson Center for Brownsville, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. U.S. companies added a solid 216,000 jobs in November, the most since June and evidence that the incoming Trump administration is inheriting a solid economy. Payroll provider ADP said Wednesday, Nov. 30, nearly all the gains occurred in service sectors such as retail, hotels and restaurants, as well as higher-paying professional services. Construction firms added 2,000 jobs, while manufacturing shed 10,000. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

In this Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, photo, Ammer Gondal, who is looking for work in the retail or food industry, waits to see a recruiter during a job fair hosted by the Gregory Jackson Center for Brownsville, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. U.S. ... companies added a solid 216,000 jobs in November, the most since June and evidence that the incoming Trump administration is inheriting a solid economy. Payroll provider ADP said Wednesday, Nov. 30, nearly all the gains occurred in service sectors such as retail, hotels and restaurants, as well as higher-paying professional services. Construction firms added 2,000 jobs, while manufacturing shed 10,000. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) (The Associated Press)

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U.S. companies added a solid 216,000 jobs in November, the most since June and evidence that the incoming Trump administration is inheriting a solid economy.

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Payroll provider ADP says nearly all the gains occurred in service sectors such as retail, hotels and restaurants, as well as higher-paying professional services. Construction firms added 2,000 jobs, while manufacturing shed 10,000.

The figures come after other recent reports point to an economy expanding at a healthy clip. Americans bought homes at the fastest pace in a decade in October and consumer confidence is at a nine-year high.

The ADP data cover only private businesses and often diverge from official figures. Economists forecast that the government's jobs report, to be released Friday, will show a gain of 174,000 jobs, according to data provider FactSet.