NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. private employers hired 172,000 workers in June, higher than economists' expectations, a report by a payrolls processor showed on Thursday.
Economists surveyed by Reuters had forecast the ADP National Employment Report would show a gain of 159,000 jobs, with estimates ranging from 100,000 to 209,000.
Private payroll gains in the month earlier were revised to 168,000 from an originally reported 173,000 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 170,000 jobs in June, up from 25,000 the month before. Total non-farm employment is expected to have changed by 175,000.
The unemployment rate is forecast to tick up to 4.8 percent 4.7 percent recorded a month earlier.
(Reporting by Richard Leong; Editing by Marguerita Choy)