Thursday, September 06, 2018

ADP: Private Employment increased 163,000 in August

by Bill McBride on 9/06/2018 08:19:00 AM

From ADP:

Private sector employment increased by 163,000 jobs from July to August according to the August ADP National Employment Report®. ... 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.
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“Although we saw a small slowdown in job growth the market remains incredibly dynamic,” said Ahu Yildirmaz, vice president and co-head of the ADP Research Institute. “Midsized businesses continue to be the engine of growth, adding nearly 70 percent of all jobs this month, and remain resiliant in the current economic climate.”

Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, said, “The job market is hot. Employers are aggressively competing to hold onto their existing workers and to find new ones. Small businesses are struggling the most in this competition, as they increasingly can’t fill open positions.”
This was below the consensus forecast for 182,000 private sector jobs added in the ADP report. 

The BLS report for August will be released Friday, and the consensus is for 198,000 non-farm payroll jobs added in August.