The jobs market got two optimistic signs Thursday as private sector employers added 157,000 positions in June and fewer people filed new claims for unemployment benefits, according to two reports.

Payroll processing company ADP said private jobs grew rapidly in June — a figure that was much higher than expected and more than four times higher than the prior month. May’s figures were downwardly revised to 36,000 jobs.

Economists were expecting a gain of just 60,000 private sector jobs, according to consensus estimates from

Smaller businesses led the charge in June. Small businesses, defined as those with fewer than 50 workers, added 88,000 jobs in June. Medium-size businesses, defined as those with between 50 and 499 workers, gained 59,000.

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