U.S. companies added jobs at solid pace in August

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. businesses added jobs at a healthy pace in August, according to a private survey, the fifth straight month of solid gains.

Payroll processer ADP said Thursday that private employers added 204,000 jobs last month, down from 212,000 in July, which was revised slightly lower. Job gains above 200,000 are usually enough to lower the unemployment rate.

Economists surveyed by FactSet forecast that the government’s report will show that 220,000 jobs were added in August, while the unemployment rate slipped to 6.1 percent.