Wednesday, March 03, 2010

ADP: Private Employment Decreased 20,000 in February

by Bill McBride on 3/03/2010 08:29:00 AM

ADP reports:

Nonfarm private employment decreased 20,000 from January to February 2010 on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the ADP National Employment Report®. The estimated change of employment from December 2009 to January 2010 was revised down, from a decline of 22,000 to a decline of 60,000. The February employment decline was the smallest since employment began falling in February of 2008.

Two large blizzards smothered parts of the east coast during the reference period for the BLS establishment survey. The adverse weather had only a very small effect on today’s ADP Report due to the methodology used to construct it. However, the adverse weather is widely expected to depress the BLS estimate of the monthly change in employment for February, but boost it for March. Therefore, it would not be unreasonable to expect the BLS estimate for February (due out this Friday) to be less than today’s ADP Report even though the BLS estimate will include the hiring of temporary Census workers not captured in the ADP Report.
Note: ADP is private nonfarm employment only (no government jobs).

On the Challenger job-cut report from MarketWatch: Planned layoffs drop to lowest level since 2006
February's total of 42,090 planned layoffs was 41% below January's 71,482 and 77% lower than the 186,350 job cuts tracked in February 2009, at the depth of the recession. It was the lowest monthly total since July 2006.
The BLS reports on Friday, and the consensus is for a loss of 50,000 to 80,000 payroll jobs in February, on a seasonally adjusted (SA) basis, and the unemployment rate to increase slightly to 9.8%.