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Private Sector Employment Increased by 807,000 Jobs in December

Private sector employment increased by 807,000 jobs from November to December according to the December 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.

Total U.S. Nonfarm Private Employment:     807,000

By Company Size

– Small businesses:     204,000

  • 1-19 employees     104,000
  • 20-49 employees     100,000

– Medium businesses:     214,000

  • 50-499 employees     214,000

– Large businesses:     389,000

  • 500-999 employees     70,000
  • 1,000+ employees     319,000

By Sector

– Goods-producing:     138,000

  • Natural resources/mining     2,000
  • Construction     62,000
  • Manufacturing     74,000

– Service-providing:     669,000

  • Trade/transportation/utilities     138,000
  • Information     12,000
  • Financial activities     24,000
  • Professional/business services     130,000
    – Professional/technical services     47,000
    – Management of companies/enterprises     7,000
    – Administrative/support services     76,000
  • Education/health services     85,000
    – Health care/social assistance     75,000
    – Education     10,000
  • Leisure/hospitality     246,000
  • Other services     36,000

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

– Franchise Employment**

  • Franchise jobs     39,400

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

“December’s job market strengthened as the fallout from the Delta variant faded and Omicron’s impact had yet to be seen,” said Nela Richardson, chief economist, ADP.  “Job gains were broad-based, as goods producers added the strongest reading of the year, while service providers dominated growth. December’s job growth brought the fourth quarter average to 625,000, surpassing the 514,000 average for the year. While job gains eclipsed 6 million in 2021, private sector payrolls are still nearly 4 million jobs short of pre-COVID-19 levels.”

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 November total of jobs added was revised from 534,000 to 505,000.

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The January 2022 ADP National Employment Report will be released at 8:15 a.m. ET on Feb. 2.

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