Private-sector employment rose 166,000 in September, according to ADP's monthly national employment report.
The goods-producing sector added 19,000 jobs, while the service-providing sector added 147,000 jobs, according to the report.
By industry, trade/transportation/utilities added 54,000 jobs. Professional/business services grew by 27,000, and 16,000 new construction jobs were created. Manufacturing added 1,000 positions, while financial activities contracted by 4,000.
The August increase was revised down to 159,000 from the initially reported 176,000.