Private sector employment increased by 179,000 jobs from June to July according to the July ADP National Employment Report®. … 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.
Goods-producing employment was down by 6,000 jobs in July, following June losses of 28,000. The construction industry lost 6,000 jobs, following June losses of 4,000 jobs. Meanwhile, manufacturing gained 4,000 jobs after losing 15,000 the previous month.
Service-providing employment rose by 185,000 jobs in July, fewer than June’s 203,000 jobs. The ADP National Employment Report indicates that professional/business services contributed 59,000 jobs, down from June’s 78,000. Trade/transportation/utilities increased by 27,000 jobs in July, down from 41,000 jobs added the previous month. Financial activities added 11,000 jobs, following last month’s gain of 9,000 jobs.
Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, said, “Job growth remains strong, but is moderating as the economy approaches full employment. Businesses are having a more difficult time filling open job positions, which are near record highs. The nation’s biggest economic problem will soon be the lack of available workers.”
This was above the consensus forecast for 165,000 private sector jobs added in the ADP report.
The BLS report for July will be released Friday, and the consensus is for 185,000 non-farm payroll jobs added in July.