The U.S. private sector added 135,000 jobs in September, according to the recently released ADP National Employment Report.
Large private-sector businesses registered the most gains, with employment increasing by 79,000. Mid-size companies added 63,000 jobs, while small businesses shed 7,000 employees.
Industry-wise, businesses in the service-producing sector had the largest employment growth, with 88,000 positions added. The majority of these were in professional and business services, which gained 51,000 jobs, while education and health added 29,000 positions and leisure and hospitality employment grew by 20,000.
The goods-producing sector added 48,000 jobs in September, with 29,000 of those positions in construction. Manufacturing employment increased by 18,000, while natural resources and mining added 1,000 jobs.
The total number of private-sector jobs added in September declined from 228,000 in August, marking the largest monthly decline in hiring since October 2016, CNBC noted. Economists partially attributed the decline to the impacts of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
"Hurricanes Harvey and Irma hurt the job market in September," said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's, in a statement. "Looking through the storms the job market remains sturdy and strong."
The Bureau of Labor Statistics releases its Employment Situation Summary for September this Friday.