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Wednesday, March 02, 2022

ADP: Private Employment Increased 475,000 in February

by Calculated Risk on 3/02/2022 08:19:00 AM

From ADP:

Private sector employment increased by 475,000 jobs from January to February according to the February​ ADP® National Employment ReportTM. 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 data of those who are on a company’s payroll, measures the change in total nonfarm private employment each month on a seasonally-adjusted basis

“Hiring remains robust but capped by reduced labor supply post-pandemic. Last month large companies showed they are well-poised to compete with higher wages and benefit offerings, and posted the strongest reading since the early days of the pandemic recovery,” said Nela Richardson, chief economist, ADP. “Small companies lost ground as they continue to stuggle to keep pace with the wages and benefits needed to attract a limited pool of qualified workers.”
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This was above the consensus forecast of 320,000 for this report.

The BLS report will be released Friday, and the consensus is for 400 thousand non-farm payroll jobs added in February. The ADP report has not been very useful in predicting the BLS report, but this suggests a solid February BLS report.