ECONOMY

Survey: US businesses step up hiring in June to 237,000, latest sign of solid economy

In this photo taken, Wednesday, June 10, 2015, Luis Duran fills out a job application during a job fair in Sunrise, Fla. Payroll processor ADP reports how many jobs private employers added in June on Wednesday, June 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

In this photo taken, Wednesday, June 10, 2015, Luis Duran fills out a job application during a job fair in Sunrise, Fla. Payroll processor ADP reports how many jobs private employers added in June on Wednesday, June 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)  (The Associated Press)

U.S. businesses added jobs at a robust pace in June, a private survey found, evidence that rising consumer spending and a healthy housing market are supporting more hiring.

Payroll processor ADP says businesses added 237,000 jobs last month, up from 203,000 in May.

Americans have spent freely in recent months and home sales are running at their best pace in eight years. Construction firms added 19,000 jobs last month, while retail, shipping and utility companies gained 50,000.

On Thursday, the government will issue its official jobs report for June. Economists forecast it will show that employers added 233,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate fell to 5.4 percent from 5.5 percent.

The ADP survey covers only private businesses, however, and frequently diverges from the official figures.