Private-sector jobs up more than expected in February: ADP

January numbers were revised down

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. private payrolls increased more than expected in February, pointing to labor market strength before a recent escalation of recession fears ignited by the coronavirus epidemic that prompted an emergency interest rate cut from the Federal Reserve.

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The ADP National Employment Report on Wednesday showed private payrolls rose by 183,000 jobs last month after rising 209,000 in January, which was revised down from 291,000.

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Economists polled by Reuters had forecast private payrolls rising by 170,000 jobs in February.

(Associated Press)

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(Reporting By Lucia Mutikani; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)