Private-sector employment in the U.S. increased by 217,000 jobs from October to November on a seasonally-adjusted basis, according to an employment report released today by payroll-processing company ADP and its partner Moody's Analytics. The figure is a significant increase from the upwardly revised gain of 196,000 jobs in October, and reflects job growth that "remains strong and steady," according to a statement by Moody's Analytics chief economist Mark Zandi.

"The strongest gains in the service sector since June led to greater employment growth in November,” Ahu Yildirmaz, vice president and head of the ADP Research Institute, said in a press release. “The increase was driven in large part by a rebound in professional [and] business service jobs.”

The construction industry took a hit, cutting its October employment growth of 32,000 jobs in half last month to 16,000 jobs. Meanwhile, the manufacturing industry rebounded from two consecutive months of losses to add 6,000 jobs in November. Professional and business services, a category that includes architecture and engineering firms, also were on the rise, contributing 59,000 jobs, the largest increase in this sector since June.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is scheduled to release its November jobs report on Friday, which will provide more details about job growth in the architecture, engineering, and construction market.