A job seekers waits to speak to a representative during a Coast-to-Coast Career Fair in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. The U.S. Department of Labor is scheduled to release initial jobless claims figures on June 1. (Bloomberg)

Companies in October added the highest number of workers in eight months to U.S. payrolls, topping estimates and signaling the job market remains solid, according to data released Wednesday from the ADP Research Institute in Roseland, New Jersey.

Key Takeaways

The results, ahead of the monthly jobs report due from the Labor Department on Friday, are a positive sign for private payrolls. The data may reflect swings related to Hurricane Michael during the month and the aftermath of Hurricane Florence that struck in September. Even so, demand for labor was fairly broad-based across industries including manufacturing, construction, trade and transportation, leisure, and professional services, the ADP report showed.

Gains in hiring and a boost from lower taxes are supporting consumer spending, the biggest part of the economy, at a time the headwinds from a trade war with China are worsening.

Economists Views

“The job market bounced back strongly last month despite being hit by back-to-back hurricanes,” Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics Inc. in West Chester, Pennsylvania, said in a statement. Moody’s produces the figures with ADP.

“The job market bounced back strongly last month despite being hit by back-to-back hurricanes,” Ahu Yildirmaz, an economist with ADP, said in the statement. “We continue to see larger employers benefit in this environment as they are more apt to provide the competitive wages and strong benefits employees desire.”

Other Details

• Construction and manufacturing each added 17,000 jobs in October

• Leisure and hospitality increased payrolls by 40,000; professional and business services added 36,000 workers

• Companies employing 500 or more workers increased staffing by 102,000 jobs; payrolls rose by 96,000 at medium-sized businesses, or those with 50 to 499 employees; and small companies’ payrolls climbed by 29,000

--With assistance from Kristy Scheuble.

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