WASHINGTON (AP) -- American businesses added a solid but unspectacular 182,000 jobs in October, according to a private survey.
In a report Wednesday, payroll processor ADP also revised September job creation down to 190,000 from an originally reported 200,000.
American consumers are spending at healthy levels, encouraged by increased job security, low energy prices and improved family finances. But manufacturers have been hurt by a strong dollar and economic weakness overseas. ADP reported that factories shed 2,000 jobs in October on top of a loss of 17,000 jobs in September.
The ADP survey covers only private businesses and frequently diverges from the official figures.
The story has been corrected to show that businesses added 182,000 jobs in October, not 180,000.