ADP, a global human resources and payroll firm, has reported that “U.S. companies added a whopping 298,000 new jobs in February, beating economists’ expectations by more than 100,000.”
‘February proved to be an incredibly strong month for employment with increases we have not seen in years,’ Ahu Yildirmaz, vice president of the ADP Research Institute, said in a statement.
January’s new-jobs numbers were also revised upward on Wednesday from 246,000 to 261,000.
‘Confidence is playing a large role,’ Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, told CNBC.
‘Businesses are anticipating a lot of good stuff – tax cuts, less regulation. They are hiring more aggressively.’