Another 742,000 private payroll jobs were added back to the economy in April, according to the ADP Employment Report.
Even though that was an impressive jump from the revised 565,000 jobs added in March, it still fell short of economists' expectations. Consensus forecasts had called for 800,000 jobs in April.
The job gains were split rather evenly across small, mid-sized and large companies but were overwhelmingly skewed to the services sector. The leisure and hospitality industry alone added 237,000 jobs, the most of any single industry.
As usual, the ADP report precedes Friday's official government jobs report for which economists expect 978,000 jobs added. The two reports aren't correlated and based on different surveys. Still, the ADP report is considered to set the tone for the employment stats at the end of the week: The recovery keeps roaring on, even if it does so at a slightly slower pace.