Reports show job market resilience

WASHINGTON — The job market showed resilience in three reports Thursday, suggesting it may withstand a federal budget battle that threatens more economic uncertainty in coming months.

A survey showed private hiring rose last month, layoffs declined, and applications for unemployment benefits stayed near a four-year low.

‘‘The job market held firm in December despite the intensifying fiscal cliff negotiations,’’ said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics.


The most encouraging sign came from payroll provider ADP. Its monthly employment survey showed businesses added 215,000 jobs last month, the most in 10 months.

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Outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas said the number of announced job cuts fell 43 percent in December from November.

As for the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits, the four-week average was little changed at 360,000 last week.