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Washington (AFP) – U.S. private-sector hiring surged in November, with a net 215,000 new jobs created, the strongest month so far in 2013, payrolls firm ADP said Wednesday.

ADP also revised its October number sharply higher to 184,000, confirming strength in the economy as the year-end looms.

The figures were well above what was expected, and suggested that the government’s official November jobs numbers will be largely positive when released Friday.

Most of the jobs as usual were in the services sector, with manufacturing adding 40,000.

Key strengths were in professional/business services and trade, transportation and utilities.

“The job market remained surprisingly resilient to the government shutdown and brinkmanship over the treasury debt limit,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, which helps compile the data.

“Employers across all industries and company sizes looked through the political battle in Washington. If anything, job growth appears to be picking up.”

Analysts warned that the ADP report is frequently given to large revisions and is not always a good indicator of the direction of the government’s job creation data.

“Take this with a grain of salt,” warned Jennifer Lee of BMO Economics.

“But if the direction is right, it is good news that the U.S. economy is stepping up the pace of hiring.”

AFP Photo/Joe Raedle

Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog

What makes Trump supporters so loyal to a president who is wrecking the country and the world is one of the great mysteries of our time. And the latest political scientist to ponder this problem is Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog, whose obscene, cigar-chomping wisecracks you may recall from his many appearances on Saturday Night Live.

Now working as a "correspondent" for Stephen Colbert's Late Show, Triumph recently convened a focus group of real live Trump supporters to discuss current issues, such as the dismantling of Confederate statues and unemployment. The group watched some fictional Trump-Pence campaign ads to gauge their reaction to potentially extreme proposals by their idol.

Even Triumph, who always presumes human stupidity, was exasperated by their answers.

It's uproariously funny, the way only a gang of mindless Trumpists can be.