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Gains in hiring and a boost from lower taxes are supporting consumer spending, the biggest part of the economy, at a time the headwinds from a trade war with China are worsening. (Image: Shutterstock)

Companies in October added the highest number of workers in eight months to U.S. payrolls, topping estimates and signaling the job market remains solid, according to data released Wednesday from the ADP Research Institute in Roseland, New Jersey.


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