PRIVATE SECTOR ADDS 219,000 JOBS IN JULY, ‘NO SIGNS OF A SLOWDOWN’: ADP

Aug 16, 2018

US private-sector employment rose by 219,000 jobs in July from June, the strongest hiring since February, according to the ADP National Employment Report.

The total of jobs added in June was also revised up to 181,000 from 177,000.

“The job market is booming, impacted by the deficit-financed tax cuts and increases in government spending,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics. “Tariffs have yet to materially impact jobs, but the multinational companies shed jobs last month, signaling the threat.” 

The increase in hiring was the strongest since February, according to MarketWatch, and July’s jobs gain exceeded the forecast from economists polled by Econoday, who had expected on average an increase of 173,000.

The number of goods-producing jobs rose by 42,000 in July on gains of 17,000 construction jobs, 23,000 manufacturing jobs and 3,000 natural resources/mining jobs.

Service-providing jobs rose by 177,000 in July, including by 48,000 jobs in education/health services, 47,000 jobs in professional/business services and 37,000 jobs in leisure/hospitality.

Jobs in information and education posted the only declines, with each falling by 1,000.

Large businesses added 48,000 jobs in July, midsize businesses added 119,000 jobs and small businesses added 52,000 jobs.

“The labor market is on a roll with no signs of a slowdown in sight,” said Ahu Yildirmaz, VP and co-head of the ADP Research Institute. “Nearly every industry posted strong gains and small business hiring picked up.”

Source: Staffing Industry Analysts

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