Private sector employment rose by 166,000 jobs in September, according to a report released Wednesday by payroll giant ADP, indicating a continuing slowdown in recent months in job gains across the still fragile economy.

Some sectors saw a decrease of jobs, including the financial activities sector, which posted a loss of 4,000 jobs. In contrast, the professional and business services sector, which includes accounting and tax preparation, among other services, experienced a gain of 27,000 jobs.

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