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    It was good news all across the jobs front on Wednesday, as several studies suggested the employment market is continuing its recovery.

    Roseland-based ADP said in its monthly report that nationwide private-sector employment grew by 281,000 jobs from May to June. That figure easily topped the increase of 179,000 from April to May.

    "The June jobs number is a welcome boost," Carlos Rodriguez, president and CEO of ADP, said in a statement. "The number of construction jobs added was particularly encouraging, representing the highest total in that industry since February of 2006."

    ADP said small businesses of fewer than 50 employees led the way in June, creating 117,000 jobs. That was just ahead of medium businesses with 50 to 499 workers, which created 115,000, and well ahead of the pace for large businesses with 500 or more employees, which added 49,000.

    Among industries, professional and businesses services led the way, adding 77,000 jobs, followed by trade, transportation and utilities, which added 50,000, and construction, which added 36,000.

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    "The job market is steadily improving,” Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody's Analytics, said in a statement. “Job gains are broad-based across all industries and company sizes. Judging from the job market, the economic recovery remains fully intact and is gaining momentum."

    Meanwhile, Gallup, which has facilities in Princeton, reported that its U.S. Jobs Creation Index registered a +27 in June, equaling May’s six-year high. The poll started in January 2008.

    In Gallup’s case, it was government workers fueling the strong results, as the +18 rating for government jobs set a new record for the poll, which began tracking government figures in August 2008. The score for nongovernment workers was +28, a tick below May’s number.

    In addition, Gallup found that its Payroll to Population employment rate rose to 45 percent, from 44.5 percent in May. This figure measured Americans employed full-time, and was less than a percentage point shy of the all-time high.

    The poll’s unemployment rate shrank to 6.8 percent, from 7 percent in May, which was a record low for the poll, which began in January 2010.

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    Eric Strauss

    Eric Strauss is the digital content editor for NJBIZ. He has been a reporter and editor for newspapers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, as well as for a number of websites. You can contact him at erics@njbiz.com or @acerimrat on Twitter.

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