(NEW YORK) -- Private employers in the U.S. added 216,000 new jobs in February, marking the fifth straight month of strong employment gains, according to the latest national employment report released Wednesday by ADP.
The report found that employment in the service-providing sector grew by 170,000 jobs last month, while the goods-producing sector increased by 46,000 jobs.
ADP's survey is often a precursor to the government's monthly jobs report -- slated to be released Friday.
Meanwhile, the latest worker productivity report, released Wednesday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, found a gain of nearly 1 percent in output per hour by American workers in the final quarter of 2011.
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