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Economy in Brief

ADP Nat'l Employment Report: Slimmer Gain in May Payrolls
by Tom Moeller May 31, 2006

The Nat'l Employment Report published by ADP, the payroll processors for many employers, indicated that nonfarm private payrolls in May increased 122,000.

For April, a 178,000 rise in ADP's nonfarm private payrolls was accompanied by a 131,000 rise private nonfarm payrolls as published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The May figure from BLS will be published Friday.

ADP has compiled the estimate from its database of individual companies' payroll information. Macroeconomic Advisers, LLC, the St. Louis economic consulting firm, developed the methodology for transforming the raw data into an economic indicator.

According to ADP and Macro Advisers, the correlation between the monthly percentage change in the ADP estimate and that in the BLS data is 0.90.

The ADP National Employment Report data is maintained in Haver's USECON database; historical data go back to December 2000. The figures in this report cover only private sector jobs and exclude employment in the public sector, which grew an average of 11,333 per month over the last year.

The full ADP National Employment Report can be found here, and the ADP methodology is explained here.

LAXEPA@USECON May April Y/Y 2005 2004 2003
Nonfarm Private Payroll Employment (Chg.) 122,000 178,000 1.9% 1.7% 1.3% -0.4%
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