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ADP: Private Sector Employment Increased by 183,000 Jobs in February

Private sector employment increased by 183,000 jobs from  January to February according to the February 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.

February 2019 Report Highlights*

View the ADP National Employment Report Infographic at www.adpemploymentreport.com.

Total U.S. Nonfarm Private Employment: 183,000

By Company Size

Small businesses: 12,000

1-19 employees: -8,000
20-49 employees: 20,000

Medium businesses: 95,000

50-499 employees: 95,000

Large businesses: 77,000

500-999 employees: 22,000
1,000+ employees: 54,000

By Sector

Goods-producing: 44,000

Natural resources/mining: 3,000
Construction: 25,000
Manufacturing: 17,000
Service-providing: 139,000

Trade/transportation/utilities: 14,000
Information: 7,000
Financial activities: 21,000
Professional/business services: 49,000
Professional/technical services: 21,000
Management of companies/enterprises: 6,000
Administrative/support services: 22,000
Education/health services: 37,000
Health care/social assistance: 39,000
Education: -2,000
Leisure/hospitality: 4,000
Other services: 8,000

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

Franchise Employment**

Franchise jobs: 24,500

“We saw a modest slowdown in job growth this month,” said Ahu Yildirmaz, vice president and co-head of the ADP Research Institute.  “Midsized companies have been the strongest performer for the past year.   There was a sharp decline in small business growth as these firms continue to struggle with offering competitive wages and benefits.”

Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, said, “The economy has throttled back and so too has job growth. The job slowdown is clearest in the retail and travel industries, and at smaller companies. Job gains are still strong, but they have likely seen their high watermark for this expansion.”

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 January total of jobs added was revised up from 213,000 to 300,000.

In February’s report, the following scheduled annual revisions have been reflected in the estimates of employment shown in the ADP National Employment Report:

  • New regression coefficients and historical job growth estimates based on ADP data and revised payroll data through December 2018 from the Bureau of Labor Statistics;
  • Incorporation of March 2018 industry and size class data from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) in the generation process; and
  • Adjustments of historical job growth estimates consistent with QCEW data through March 2018 and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ annual benchmarking process.

To obtain additional information about the ADP National Employment Report, including additional charts, supporting data and the schedule of future release dates, or to subscribe to the monthly email alerts and RSS feeds, please visit www.adpemploymentreport.com.

The March 2019 ADP National Employment Report will be released at 8:15 a.m. ET on April 3, 2019.

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