The U.S. economy added 153,000 private, non-farm jobs in December, according to the monthly employment report released this morning by payroll-management firm ADP and its partner Moody’s Analytics. The seasonally adjusted result is 28 percent smaller than November’s downwardly revised 215,000 jobs, and 49 percent less than the previous December, when 304,000 jobs were created.


“As we exit 2016, it’s interesting to note that the private sector generated an average of 174,000 jobs per month, down from 209,000 in 2015,” said Ahu Yildirmaz, vice president and head of the ADP Research Institute. “And while job gains in December were slightly below our monthly average, the U.S. labor market has experienced unprecedented seven years of growth that has brought us to near full employment. As we enter 2017, the tightening labor market will likely slow the growth.”