The private sector added 153,000 jobs in December, according to payroll giant ADP, as job gains slackened somewhat at the end of the year, and fell in certain production industries.

Small businesses added 18,000 jobs. While there were job losses of 3,000 at businesses with between one and 19 employees, that was offset by job gains of 21,000 at companies with between 20 and 49 employees. Midsize businesses with between 50 and 499 employees gained 71,000 jobs. Large businesses added 63,000 jobs, including 8,000 at companies with between 500 and 999 employees, and 56,000 at larger companies with 1,000 employees or more.

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