ADP Employment Change (Aug) 177K vs 175K Expected

August 31, 2016 8:15 AM EDT

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(Updated - August 31, 2016 8:15 AM EDT)

  • ADP Employment Change (Aug) 177K vs 175K Expected

Private sector employment increased by 177,000 jobs from July to August according to the August ADP National Employment Report. Broadly distributed to the public each month, free of charge, theADP 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 payroll data, measures the change in total nonfarm private employment each month on a seasonally-adjusted basis.

August 2016 Report Highlights*

View the ADP National Employment Report Infographic

Total U.S. Nonfarm Private Employment: 177,000

  • By Company Size
    • Small businesses: 63,000
      • 1-19 employees 24,000
      • 20-49 employees 38,000
    • Medium businesses: 44,000
      • 50-499 employees 44,000
    • Large businesses: 70,000
      • 500-999 employees 25,000
      • 1,000+ employees 46,000
  • By Sector
    • Goods-producing -6,000
    • Service-providing 183,000
  • Industry Snapshot
    • Construction -2,000
    • Manufacturing 0
    • Trade/transportation/utilities 26,000
    • Financial activities 15,000
    • Professional/business services 53,000

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

  • Franchise Employment**
    • Franchise jobs 19,200

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

Payrolls for businesses with 49 or fewer employees increased by 63,000 jobs in August, down from 68,000 in July. Employment at companies with 50-499 employees increased by 44,000 jobs, down from last month's 71,000. Employment at large companies -- those with 500 or more employees -- increased by 70,000, up from July's 56,000. Companies with 500-999 employees added 25,000 and companies with more than 1,000 employees added 46,000 in August.

Goods-producing employment was down by 6,000 jobs in August, following July losses of 5,000. The construction industry lost 2,000 jobs, following July losses of 5,000 jobs. Meanwhile, manufacturing jobs were flat in August, after gaining 5,000 in the previous month.

Service-providing employment rose by 183,000 jobs in August, fewer than July's 199,000 jobs. The ADP National Employment Report indicates that professional/business services contributed 53,000 jobs, down from July's 70,000. Trade/transportation/utilities increased by 26,000 jobs in August, down from 31,000 jobs added the previous month. Financial activities added 15,000 jobs, up from last month's gain of 13,000 jobs.

"Job growth in August was stable and consistent with levels from previous months as consumer conditions improve," said Ahu Yildirmaz, vice president and head of the ADP Research Institute. "Continued strong growth in service-providing jobs is offset by weakness in goods-producing areas."

Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody's Analytics, said, "The American job machine continues to hum along. Job creation remains strong, with most industries and companies of all sizes adding solidly to their payrolls. The U.S. economy will soon be at full employment."

To see Chart 1. Change in Total Nonfarm Private Employment, please click here:

To see Chart 2. Historical Trend -- Change in Total Nonfarm Private Employment, please click here:

To see Chart 3. Change in Nonfarm Private Employment by Selected Industry, please click here:

To see Chart 4. Change in Nonfarm Private Employment by Company Size, please click here:

The matched sample used to develop the ADP National Employment Report was derived from ADP payroll data, which represents 411,000 U.S. clients employing nearly 24 million workers in the U.S. The July total of jobs added was revised up from 179,000 to 194,000.

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The September 2016 ADP National Employment Report will be released at 8:15 a.m. ET on October 5, 2016.

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