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After a grim February, restaurants once again ruled as the largest job creators in the franchise sector.
In February, franchised restaurants added only 1,390 new jobs, a sharp drop from recent months.
The U.S. added 30,250 franchise jobs in December, bringing the 2013 total to a whopping 229,000.
According to the ADP National Franchise Report, the U.S. added 13,070 new franchise jobs in the last month, with 12,970 of them in the restaurant sector.
The franchise industry created 25,060 jobs in October, far exceeding the previous month's growth.
The franchise industry created over 15,000 new jobs in September, according to the ADP National Franchise Report.
The private sector added 176,000 new jobs in August, down from 198,000 in July and marking the lowest level since May, according to the ADP Employment Report.
The private sector added 200,000 jobs in July, with small businesses once again accounting for the lion's share of employment, according to the ADP National Employment Report.
Consumer confidence takes a hit from the payroll tax hike, as unemployment holds at nearly the same levels since September.