ADP National Employment Report: Private Sector Employment Increased by 195,000 Jobs in August

Staff Report

Friday, September 6th, 2019

Private sector employment increased by 195,000 jobs from July to August according to the August 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.  

August 2019 Report Highlights*

Total U.S. Nonfarm Private Employment:     195,000

By Company Size

- Small businesses:     66,000

1-19 employees     26,000

20-49 employees     40,000

- Medium businesses:     77,000

50-499 employees     77,000

- Large businesses:     52,000

500-999 employees     5,000

1,000+ employees     47,000

By Sector

- Goods-producing:     11,000

Natural resources/mining     -2,000

Construction     6,000

Manufacturing     8,000

- Service-providing:     184,000

Trade/transportation/utilities     39,000

Information     -6,000

Financial activities     5,000

Professional/business services     35,000 
      - Professional/technical services     20,000
      - Management of companies/enterprises     3,000
      - Administrative/support services     12,000

Education/health services     58,000
      - Health care/social assistance     45,000
      - Education     13,000

Leisure/hospitality     42,000

Other services     11,000

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

- Franchise Employment

Franchise jobs     17,200

"In August we saw a rebound in private-sector employment," said Ahu Yildirmaz, vice president and co-head of the ADP Research Institute. "This is the first time in the last 12 months that we have seen balanced  job growth across small, medium and large-sized companies." 

Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody's Analytics, said, "Businesses are holding firm on their payrolls despite the slowing economy. Hiring has moderated, but layoffs remain low. As long as this continues recession will remain at bay."

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 down from 156,000 to 142,000.