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Survey: Private employers add just 119K in April

WASHINGTON — A private survey shows US companies added just 119,000 jobs in April, the fewest in seven months.

The report Wednesday from payroll processor ADP suggests that government spending cuts and higher taxes could be starting to weigh on the job market. And new requirements under President Obama’s health care law may be prompting some small and mid-size companies to hold back on hiring.

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ADP also said that hiring in March was slower than first thought: The survey shows just 131,000 added, down from an initial estimate of 158,000.

‘‘This is a bit disappointing, it shows the economy is growing more slowly as we go into the spring and summer,’’ said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, which compiles the report from ADP’s data.

The government’s more comprehensive monthly jobs report will be released Friday.

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