Private employers added 162,000 jobs in September, topping economists' expectations, a report by a payrolls processor showed on Wednesday.
Economists surveyed by Reuters had forecast the ADP National Employment Report would show a gain of 143,000 jobs.
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August's private payrolls were revised down to an increase of 189,000 from the previously reported 201,000.
The report is jointly developed with Macroeconomic Advisers LLC.
(Reporting by Leah Schnurr; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)