Encouraging ADP Report May Foreshadow Strong Government Numbers

ADP comparison change for Sept 2014With the announcement this morning that September’s private company payrolls grew by 213,000, economists are optimistic it foreshadows an even-more-robust government report due Friday.

HR services and payroll processor ADP and its partner Moody’s Analytics said 213,000 new jobs were created in the private sector last month, up from August’s revised 202,000 estimate, and just above economists’ predictions of about 209,000.

“All the leading indicators for the job market look good,” said Mark Zandi, Moody’s chief economist. He predicts the U.S. Labor Department will report 220,000 total new jobs were created last month, an estimate shared by economists polled by MarketWatch, and not much higher than the Bloomberg estimate of 215,000.

Zandi also predicted the government will dramatically revise upward its initial estimate of 142,000 new August jobs, coming in close to 200,000. The Los Angeles Times observed that for the last four years the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has revised up by an average of 80,000 its initial August numbers.

According to ADP, September job growth was spread almost evenly across all industry sectors. Financial services, a sector still in recovery from the massive layoffs of the recession, grew by 5,000 jobs. The other four sectors improved by double digits each:

  • Construction 20,000
  • Manufacturing 35,000
  • Trade/transportation/utilities 38,000
  • Professional/business services 29,000

Job growth also was strong among business of all sizes. The largest employers, those with more than 1,000 workers, added 73,000 workers. That’s the biggest increase since November.

Small employers, with fewer than 50 workers, added 88,000. Employers with 50-499 added 48,000.

“September’s jobs added number marks the sixth straight month of employment gains above 200,000,” said Carlos Rodriguez, ADP president and CEO. “It’s a positive sign for the economy to see the 200,000-plus trend continue.”

In another jobs report, the business research group, The Conference Board, said the number of jobs advertised online in September fell by 137,200.

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“The September loss offsets most of August’s gain, resulting in only modest overall growth for 2014,” said Gad Levanon, director of macroeconomics and Labor Markets. “Following a strong second quarter, the third quarter has ended basically flat.”

Of the 10 largest occupational categories, The Conference Board said seven had declines in the number of job postings. Increases were registered only for computer and math jobs, up 9,600, architecture and engineering, 3,400, and in healthcare, 12,200.

The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index declined sharply in September after rising in each of the last four months. The Index now stands at 86.0, down from August’s 93.4.

Several components that go into computing the Index were down, including the percentage of consumers expecting business conditions to improve 20.8 percent to 18.6 percent. Those expecting business conditions to worsen rose from 9.9 percent to 12.0 percent. Those anticipating more jobs in the months ahead fell from 17.8 percent to 15 percent, while those anticipating fewer jobs rose from 15.2 percent to 17.8 percent.


John Zappe is the editor of TLNT.com and a contributing editor of ERE.net. John was a newspaper reporter and editor until his geek gene lead him to launch his first website in 1994. He developed and managed online newspaper employment sites and sold advertising services to recruiters and employers. Before joining ERE Media in 2006, John was a senior consultant and analyst with Advanced Interactive Media and previously was Vice President of Digital Media for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

Besides writing for ERE, John consults with staffing firms and employment agencies, providing content and managing their social media programs. He also works with organizations and businesses to assist with audience development and marketing. In his spare time  he can be found hiking in the California mountains or competing in canine agility and obedience competitions.

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