ADP National Employment Report: Private Sector Employment Increased by 275,000 Jobs in April

Private sector employment increased by 275,000 jobs from March to April according to the April ADP National Employment Report.  Broadly distributed to the public each month, free of charge, the ADP National Employment Report is produced by the ADP Research Institute in collaboration with Moody’s Analytics.  The report, which is derived from ADP’s actual payroll data, measures the change in total nonfarm private employment each month on a seasonally-adjusted basis.

Total U.S. Nonfarm Private Employment:     275,000

By Company Size

– Small businesses:     77,000

  • 1-19 employees     32,000
  • 20-49 employees     45,000

Medium businesses:     145,000

  • 50-499 employees     145,000

Large businesses:     53,000

  • 500-999 employees     20,000
  • 1,000+ employees     33,000

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By Sector

– Goods-producing:     52,000

  • Natural resources/mining     -2,000
  • Construction     49,000
  • Manufacturing     5,000

– Service-providing:     223,000

  • Trade/transportation/utilities     37,000
  • Information     -1,000
  • Financial activities     6,000
  • Professional/business services     59,000
    – Professional/technical services     28,000
    – Management of companies/enterprises     7,000
    – Administrative/support services     25,000
  • Education/health services     54,000
    – Health care/social assistance     46,000
    – Education     9,000
  • Leisure/hospitality     53,000
  • Other services     14,000

* Sum of components may not equal total, due to rounding.

– Franchise Employment**

  • Franchise jobs     9,500

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“April posted an uptick in growth after the first quarter appeared to signal a moderation following a strong 2018,” said Ahu Yildirmaz, vice president and co-head of the ADP Research Institute.  “The bulk of the overall growth is with service providers, adding the strongest gain in more than two years.”

Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, said, “The job market is holding firm, as businesses work hard to fill open positions. The economic soft patch at the start of the year has not materially impacted hiring.  April’s job gains overstate the economy’s strength, but they make the case that expansion continues on.”

The matched sample used to develop the ADP National Employment Report was derived from ADP payroll data, which represents 411,000 U.S. clients employing nearly 24 million workers in the U.S.  The March total of jobs added was revised up from 129,000 to 151,000.

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