File - Thomas Ruiz installs a window on a Malibu door at the General Motors Fairfax Assembly Plant in Kansas City, Kan., in April 2009. REUTERS/Dave Kaup
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U.S. private employers hired the most workers in six months in June and factory activity accelerated, providing fresh evidence the economy was gathering solid momentum after contracting at the start of the year.The ADP National Employment Report showed 237,000 private-sector jobs were created in June, beating the median expectation among economists surveyed by Reuters for a gain of 218,000 jobs.Job increases last month were led by small businesses and the services sector.Employment in the construction industry increased 19,000 jobs, though down from the 28,000 jobs added in May. Manufacturing payrolls rose 7,000, more than recouping the 2,000 jobs lost in May.A Reuters survey forecast auto sales slowing to a still-robust seasonally adjusted annual pace of 17.2 million units in June from 17.8 million units in May.In a third report, the Commerce Department said construction spending increased 0.8 percent to an annual rate of $1.04 trillion in May, the highest level since October 2008 .
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