Snowstorms put some hiring on hold in January, according to a report by payroll processing firm ADP.
The private sector added 175,000 jobs in January, marking the weakest month for hiring since August. ADP said 227,000 jobs were added In December.
"Cold and stormy winter weather continued to weigh on the job numbers," said Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody's Analytics, which helps ADP(ADP) compile the report. But he added that underlying job growth still remains "sturdy."
As usual, most of the job gains came from the services sector. Meanwhile, manufacturers cut 16,000 jobs, according to ADP.
The ADP report comes two days before the government will release the official numbers for job growth and unemployment for January. Economists surveyed by CNNMoney expect that 178,000 jobs were added last month, up from only 74,000 jobs added in December.