Private employers added a scant 38,000 jobs in May, far below economists' expectations and the lowest level since September 2010, a report by a payrolls processor showed on Wednesday.
Economists surveyed by Reuters had forecast the ADP Employer Services report would show a gain of 175,000 jobs.
As well, April private payrolls were revised down to an increase of 177,000 from the previously reported 179,000.
The report is jointly developed with Macroeconomic Advisers LLC.
(Reporting by Leah Schnurr)