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Economy in Brief

ADP Nat'l Employment Report Indicates Strength in June
by Tom Moeller July 5, 2006

The Nat'l Employment Report published by ADP, the payroll processors for many employers, indicated that private nonfarm payrolls in June rose 368,000. The rise was the strongest increase in the brief history of the survey.

For the prior month the increase in ADP's measure of private nonfarm payrolls of 122,000 was accompanied by a meager 67,000 rise in May private nonfarm payrolls as published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The June figure from BLS will be published this 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 June May Y/Y 2005 2004 2003
Nonfarm Private Payroll Employment (Chg.) 368,000 122,000 2.1% 1.7% 1.3% -0.4%
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