NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. private employers added 147,000 jobs in October, below economists' expectations, a report by a payrolls processor showed on Wednesday.
Economists surveyed by Reuters had forecast the ADP National Employment Report would show a gain of 165,000 jobs, with estimates ranging from 130,000 to 190,000.
Private payroll gains in the month earlier were revised up to 202,000 from an originally reported 154,000 increase.
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The report is jointly developed with Moody's Analytics.
The ADP figures come ahead of the U.S. Labor Department's more comprehensive non-farm payrolls report on Friday, which includes both public and private-sector employment.
Economists polled by Reuters are looking for U.S. private payroll employment to have grown by 166,000 jobs in October, down from 167,000 the month before. Total non-farm employment is expected to have risen by 175,000.
The unemployment rate is forecast to tick down to 4.9 percent from the 5.0 percent recorded a month earlier.
(Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)