WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US private companies added workers at a fairly brisk clip in November and the services sector grew strongly, suggesting a slowing global economy is having a limited impact on domestic activity.
Strengthening labour market conditions, however, have yet to spur faster wage growth, other data on Wednesday showed, which could give the Federal Reserve ammunition to maintain its very low interest rate policy for a while.
“With all of the talk about a recession in Japan, possible recession in the euro zone and in Russia, the US economy is looking much more attractive,” said Jennifer Lee, a senior economist at BMO Capital Markets in New York.
Payrolls processor ADP said private-sector employment rose by 208,000 last month after increasing by 233,000 in October. Private payrolls have now advanced by more than 200,000 in seven of the last eight months.