Private Sector Employment Increased by 330,000 Jobs in July, Missing Expectations

August 4, 2021 8:15 AM EDT

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(Updated - August 4, 2021 8:16 AM EDT)

  • ADP Employment Change (Jul) 330K vs 690K Expected

Private sector employment increased by 330,000 jobs from June to July according to the July 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 payroll data, measures the change in total nonfarm private employment each month on a seasonally-adjusted basis.

July 2021 Report Highlights*

View the ADP National Employment Report Infographic at

Total U.S. Nonfarm Private Employment: 330,000

By Company Size

- Small businesses: 91,000

  • 1-19 employees 37,000
  • 20-49 employees 54,000

- Medium businesses: 132,000

  • 50-499 employees 132,000

- Large businesses: 106,000

  • 500-999 employees 21,000
  • 1,000+ employees 86,000

By Sector

- Goods-producing: 12,000

  • Natural resources/mining 3,000
  • Construction 1,000
  • Manufacturing 8,000

- Service-providing: 318,000

  • Trade/transportation/utilities 36,000
  • Information -1,000
  • Financial activities 9,000
  • Professional/business services 54,000 -Professional/technical services 21,000 -Management of companies/enterprises 1,000 -Administrative/support services 32,000
  • Education/health services 64,000 -Health care/social assistance 55,000 -Education 9,000
  • Leisure/hospitality 139,000
  • Other services 16,000

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

- Franchise Employment**

  • Franchise jobs 105,400

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

"The labor market recovery continues to exhibit uneven progress, but progress nonetheless. July payroll data reports a marked slowdown from the second quarter pace in jobs growth," said Nela Richardson, chief economist, ADP. "For the fifth straight month the leisure and hospitality sector is the fastest growing industry, though gains have softened. The slowdown in the recovery has also impacted companies of all sizes. Bottlenecks in hiring continue to hold back stronger gains, particularly in light of new COVID-19 concerns tied to viral variants. These barriers should ebb in coming months, with stronger monthly gains ahead as a result."

Change in Total Nonfarm Private Employment

Historical Trend - Change in Total Nonfarm Private Employment

Change in Nonfarm Private Employment by Selected Industry

Change in Nonfarm Private Employment by Company Size

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 June total of jobs added was revised from 692,000 to 680,000.

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The August 2021 ADP National Employment Report will be released at 8:15 a.m. ET on September 1, 2021.

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