Wednesday, November 04, 2009

ADP: Private Employment Decreased 203,000 in October

by Calculated Risk on 11/04/2009 08:17:00 AM

ADP reports:

Nonfarm private employment decreased 203,000 from September to October 2009 on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the ADP National Employment Report®. The estimated change of employment from August to September was revised by 27,000, from a decline of 254,000 to a decline of 227,000.
Note: ADP is private nonfarm employment only (no government jobs).
The BLS reported a 210,000 decrease in nonfarm private employment in September (-263,000 total nonfarm), so once again ADP was only marginally useful in predicting the BLS number.

On the Challenger job-cut report from MarketWatch: Planned layoffs down 3 months in a row
Planned job reductions at major U.S. corporations declined for the third month in a row in October, falling to the lowest level since March 2008, according to a monthly tally compiled by outplacement firm Challenger Gray & Christmas.

Planned layoffs fell to 55,679 last month, down 16% compared with September and down 51% compared with October 2008.
The BLS reports Friday, and the consensus is for 175,000 net job losses, and a 9.9% unemployment rate, for October.