ADP: Manufacturers Shed 3,000 Workers in January

By January 30, 2013Economy

ADP reported that there were 192,000 nonfarm payroll workers added in January. This was higher than the revised 185,000 net new workers hired in December, and it was mostly in-line with consensus estimates. Small and medium-sized firms (e.g., those with less than 500 employees) were the primary contributors, with large businesses shedding 2,000.

Manufacturers lost 3,000 workers on net in January, a reversal of the 19,000 workers added in December. Indeed, we have seen several reports of manufacturers pulling back on hiring and investment lately, with uncertainties about sales and the fiscal environment paramount.

In contrast, the bulk of the jobs created in January came from professional and business services (up 40,000), trade/transportation/utilities (up 33,000), and construction (up 15,000).

Chad Moutray is chief economist, National Association of Manufacturers.

Chad Moutray

Chad Moutray

Chad Moutray is chief economist for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the Director of the Center for Manufacturing Research for The Manufacturing Institute, where he serves as the NAM’s economic forecaster and spokesperson on economic issues. He frequently comments on current economic conditions for manufacturers through professional presentations and media interviews. He has appeared on Bloomberg, CNBC, C-SPAN, Fox Business and Fox News, among other news outlets.
Chad Moutray

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