Private sector employers added 257,000 jobs to their payrolls last month as the economy continued to strengthen across most sectors, according to payroll giant ADP.

ADP reported Wednesday that small businesses with 49 or fewer employees gained 95,000 jobs in December, up from November’s downwardly revised 72,000. December’s total included 51,000 at businesses with between one and 19 employees and 44,000 at businesses with between 20 and 49 employees.

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