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Economy in Brief

U.S. ADP Employment Increase Eases Slightly
by Carol Stone  September 4, 2014

Private sector employment growth eased a bit more last month, but at 204,000 in the ADP/Moody's National Employment Report, it held to the moderate growth range of the last six months. The y/y increase was 2.2%, extending a steady pace that has prevailed since the middle of 2012. The July jobs gain was revised to 212,000 from 218,000 reported before. The Action Economics Forecast Survey had expected 215,000 net new jobs in August.

The ADP survey is based on ADP's business payroll transaction system covering 411,000 companies and nearly 24 million employees. The data are processed by Moody's Analytics Inc., then calibrated and aligned with the BLS establishment survey data. Extensive information on the methodology is available here.

Hiring patterns were mixed by business size. Small businesses' payrolls rose 78,000 in August (+2.2% y/y) after 89,000 in July. Medium-sized firms added 75,000 (1.9% y/y) following 88,000. But large-size company payrolls picked up to a 52,000 increase in August (+2.5% y/y) after 35,000 in July.

By sector, goods-producing payrolls firmed, gaining 41,000 last month (2.0% y/y), better than July's 23,000. Manufacturing payrolls rose 23,000 (1.0% y/y) after 8,000 in July. Construction industry jobs increased 15,000 (3.9% y/y), just above July's 13,000.

Service-providing payrolls slowed to a 164,000 increase in August (2.2% y/y) from July's 190,000. All three reported industry groups' payrolls had smaller gains than in July: trade, transportation and utilities had 28,000 more jobs in August (2.0%) versus a 41,000 gain in July. Financial activities jobs increased a mere 5,000 in August (0.7% y/y) after 9,000 in July. Professional and business services added 51,000 jobs last month (3.4% y/y) after 60,000 in July.

The ADP National Employment Report data are maintained in Haver's USECON database; historical figures date back to April 2001. The figures in this report cover jobs only in the private sector. The expectation figure is available in Haver's AS1REPNA database.

ADP/Moody's National Employment Report Aug Jul Jun Y/Y 2013 2012 2011
Nonfarm Private Payroll Employment (m/m chg, 000s) 204 212 297 2.2% 2.0% 2.3% 1.8%
 Small Payroll (1-49) 78 89 133 2.2 2.1 2.5 1.1
 Medium Payroll (50-499) 75 88 117 1.9 1.6 2.0 2.0
 Large Payroll (>500) 52 35 47 2.5 2.3 2.4 2.7
Goods-Producing 41 16 47 2.0 1.6 2.2 1.7
 Manufacturing 23 8 14 1.0 0.6 1.6 1.9
Service-Producing 164 190 250 2.2 2.0 2.3 1.8
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