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Private Sector Employment Increased by 374,000 Jobs in August

Private sector employment increased by 374,000 jobs from July to August according to the August 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 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.

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Total U.S. Nonfarm Private Employment:     374,000

By Company Size

– Small businesses:     86,000

  •  1-19 employees     25,000
  •  20-49 employees     61,000

– Medium businesses:     149,000

  • 50-499 employees     149,000

– Large businesses:     138,000

  • 500-999 employees     41,000
  • 1,000+ employees     96,000

By Sector

– Goods-producing:     45,000

  • Natural resources/mining     9,000
  • Construction     30,000
  • Manufacturing     6,000

– Service-providing:     329,000

  • Trade/transportation/utilities      18,000
  • Information      0
  • Financial activities     13,000
  • Professional/business services     19,000
    – Professional/technical services     18,000
    – Management of companies/enterprises     -1,000
    – Administrative/support services     3,000
  • Education/health services     59,000
    – Health care/social assistance     39,000
    – Education     19,000
  • Leisure/hospitality     201,000
  • Other services     19,000

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

– Franchise Employment**

  • Franchise jobs      52,300

**Complete details on franchise employment can be found here.

“Our data, which represents all workers on a company’s payroll, has highlighted a downshift in the labor market recovery. We have seen a decline in new hires, following significant job growth from the first half of the year,” said Nela Richardson, chief economist, ADP. “Despite the slowdown, job gains are approaching 4 million this year, yet still 7 million jobs short of pre-COVID-19 levels. Service providers continue to lead growth, although the Delta variant creates uncertainty for this sector. Job gains across company sizes grew in lockstep, with small businesses trailing a bit more than usual.”

Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, said, “The Delta variant of COVID-19 appears to have dented the job market recovery. Job growth remains strong, but well off the pace of recent months. Job growth remains inextricably tied to the path of the pandemic.”

The matched sample used to develop the ADP National Employment Report was derived from ADP payroll data, which represents 460,000 U.S. clients employing nearly 26 million workers in the U.S. The July total of jobs added was revised from 330,000 to 326,000.

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The September 2021 ADP National Employment Report will be released at 8:15 a.m. ET on Oct. 6.

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