U.S. companies hired 204,000 workers in August, below what analysts had projected as well as the level set in July, a report by a payrolls processor released on Thursday showed.
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Economists surveyed by Reuters had forecast that the ADPNational Employment Report would show 220,000 jobs added in the month.
In July, 212,000 jobs were added, according to the revised data, a level that was well off the 281,000 added in June. June's reading was the strongest since November 2012.
The report is jointly developed with Moody's Analytics.