Skip to comments.ADP: Private Business Hiring slowed significantly in April (almost half from their March report)
Posted on 05/02/2012 9:24:33 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
How bad will Friday's employment for April be? The ADP report, which usually paints a rosier picture of private-sector job gains, shows a decline in growth of almost half from their March report:
Employment in the U.S. nonfarm private business sector increased by 119,000 from March to April on a seasonally adjusted basis. The estimated gain from February to March was revised down modestly, from the initial estimate of 209,000 to a revised estimate of 201,000.
Employment in the private, service-providing sector increased 123,000 in April, after rising 158,000 in March. Employment in the private, goods-producing sector declined 4,000 jobs in April. Manufacturing employment dropped 5,000 jobs, the first loss since September of last year.
Employment on large payrollsthose with 500 or more workersincreased 4,000 and employment on medium payrollsthose with 50 to 499 workersrose 57,000 in April. Employment on small payrollsthose with up to 49 workersrose 58,000 that same period. Of the 57,000 jobs created by medium- sized businesses, 8,000 jobs were created by the goods producing sector and 49,000 jobs were created by the service-providing sector.
Construction employment also fell by 5,000, the first decline in seven months and following healthy gains during the unusually warm winter months. Employment in the financial services sector increased 13,000 in April, marking nine consecutive monthly gains there.
The Wall Street Journal calls this “anemic”:
Private businesses hired at an anemic pace in April as factory jobs declined, according to a report released Wednesday.
Private-sector jobs in the U.S. increased 119,000 last month, according to a national employment report calculated by payroll processor Automatic Data Processing Inc.ADP -1.22% and the consultancy Macroeconomic Advisers.
The gain was less than economists’ median expectation of 175,000 in a survey done by Dow Jones Newswires.
Bear in mind that ADP usually overestimates the official growth numbers, and you’ll see why the WSJ had such a poor reaction. That suggests a below-100K number for Friday, which with population growth factored in would mean a net decline in jobs.
Nor is that the only bad news today. Predictably, the horrid durable-goods numbers for March pulled down overall factory orders, too — to their worst performance in three years (via Dogsoldier):
New orders for U.S. factory goods in March recorded their biggest decline in three years as demand for transportation equipment and a range of other goods slumped, government data showed on Wednesday.
The Commerce Department said orders for manufactured goods dropped 1.5 percent after a revised 1.1 percent rise in February.
Economists had forecast orders falling 1.6 percent after a previously reported 1.3 percent increase in February.
The markets reacted poorly to the news:
U.S. stocks fell early Wednesday as a weak private-sector jobs report overshadowed upbeat corporate results.
The Dow Jones industrial average (INDU) fell 53 points, or 0.4%, in early trading. The S&P 500 (SPX) declined 8 points, or 0.6%, and the Nasdaq (COMP) lost 6 points, or 0.2%.
Expect a lot of “unexpected” reports on Friday, and not of the positive kind.
I guess the BLS is going to start adjusting unemployement numbers because there are no jobs to offer.
See that pile of ashes over there? That is the BLS books.. They’ve been over cooked for a while now.
Not to worry, no matter how bad things are, and they are bad, the unemployment rate will drop another point, I guarantee it.
You said it.
I can almost guarantee that in spite of the ADP report, the headline unemployment rate will drop to 8.1% this coming Friday.
I observe the following during the past year....
120,000 jobs created (see today’s ADP report) — this is CLEARLY not enough to keep up with population growth and the additional number of young people of working age looking for work.
But more people will drop out of labor force and more people will drop off the 99 week unemployment rolls ( i.e., NOT PARTICIPATING in the workforce or too discouraged to even attempt to find work).
Pretty soon we will have less then 8% unemployment because a decreasing number of Americans will be counted as looking for a job.
That will then be touted as an Obama achievement during the campaign season.