By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER
AP Economics Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - Buoyed by strong consumer spending and steady home sales, U.S. businesses added jobs at a healthy pace in September, according to a private survey.
Payroll processor ADP said Thursday that employers added 200,000 jobs this month, up from 180,000 in the previous month. August’s job total was revised lower.
Americans are spending more freely and buying big-ticket items such as new cars and homes. That is countering weak economies overseas and the strong dollar, which are cutting into exports.