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updated 12/1/2010 2:25:25 PM ET 2010-12-01T19:25:25

Private employers added 93,000 jobs in November, according to a new report released Wednesday from payrolls processor ADP.

The monthly number was much stronger than expected. Analysts had expected a smaller gain of 58,000 in November. October’s monthly gain in private-sector hiring was revised up to 82,000 from a previously reported gain of 43,000.

Each month, ADP releases a report on whether private employers added any jobs in the prior month. The report is often used as a gauge heading into the government's monthly employment report, which is due out Friday.

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A separate report Wednesday showed planned jobs cuts for November rose to their highest level since March, with the government and non-profit sector leading the rise.

Employers announced 48,711 planned job cuts last month, up 28 percent from 37,986 in October, according to the report from consultants Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. It was the highest job-cut total since March, when employers announced plans to cut 67,611 jobs, the report said.

Still, job cuts remain well below last year's levels, it said, with total job cut announcements for January through November down 60 percent from the same period a year ago.

The government and non-profit sector announced 10,761 layoffs during November, leading layoffs for the seventh time this year, the report showed.

Budgetary constraints due to falling tax receipts have been hurting the sector.

“Unfortunately, 2011 may not offer much respite for workers in the sector as many newly elected members of Congress are pushing for significant federal spending cuts,” John Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, said in a statement.

“Job cuts that have been concentrated at the state and local level could expand to include federal workers in the new year,” he said.

Offsetting those cuts were plans to hire in the retail sector, which reported plans to add 15,900 seasonal workers last month.

The figures come two days ahead of the U.S. government's monthly employment report, which is forecast to show job gains in public and private payrolls.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

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