Employers added 170,000 new nonfarm, private payrolls in January, according to Automated Data Processing (ADP). This builds on the solid growth of November and December but represents a fall-off from December’s 292,000 gain. As with last month’s report, most of the increase stemmed from additional service sector employment, which grew by 152,000. Manufacturers hired 10,000 net new workers in January.
Small and medium-sized payrolls (e.g., those with less than 500 employees) accounted for almost all of the net new jobs created in January, continuing a trend seen in past months, as well. In fact, 167,000 net new jobs stemmed from small and medium-sized entities, with larger establishments adding just 3,000. Among goods-producing firms, firms with larger payrolls reduced employment by a net 2,000 workers last month.
These numbers suggest that employment, while lower than the previous two months, continues to grow. The ADP figures were mostly in-line with estimates, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting similar numbers on Friday.
Chad Moutray is chief economist, National Association of Manufacturers
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