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ADP National Employment Report: Private Sector Employment Increased by 173,000 Jobs in May
June 2, 2016

ROSELAND, NJ -- (Marketwired) -- 06/02/16 -- Private sector employment increased by 173,000 jobs from April to May according to the May ADP National Employment Report®. Broadly distributed to the public each month, free of charge, the ADP National Employment Report is produced by ADP® 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.

May 2016 Report Highlights*

View the ADP National Employment Report Infographic at

Total U.S. Nonfarm Private Employment: 173,000

  • By Company Size
    • Small businesses: 76,000
      • 1-19 employees 38,000
      • 20-49 employees 38,000
    • Medium businesses: 63,000
      • 50-499 employees 63,000
    • Large businesses: 34,000
      • 500-999 employees 11,000
      • 1,000+ employees 24,000
  • By Sector
    • Goods-producing -1,000
    • Service-providing 175,000
  • Industry Snapshot
    • Construction 13,000
    • Manufacturing -3,000
    • Trade/transportation/utilities 28,000
    • Financial activities 13,000
    • Professional/business services 43,000

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

Payrolls for businesses with 49 or fewer employees increased by 76,000 jobs in May, down from an upwardly revised 101,000 in April. Employment at companies with 50-499 employees increased by 63,000 jobs, up from last month's 39,000. Employment at large companies -- those with 500 or more employees -- increased by 34,000, up from April's 25,000. Companies with 500-999 employees added 11,000 and companies with over 1,000 employees added 24,000 this month.

Goods-producing employment dropped by 1,000 jobs in May after losing a 7,000 (revised) in April. The construction industry added 13,000 jobs, in line with the previous month. Meanwhile, manufacturing lost 3,000 jobs after losing 10,000 the previous month.

Service-providing employment rose by 175,000 jobs in May, a slight increase over April's upwardly revised 173,000. The ADP National Employment Report indicates that professional/business services contributed 43,000 jobs, up from April's upwardly revised 38,000. Trade/transportation/utilities grew by 28,000, up a bit from the 24,000 jobs added the previous month. Financial activities added 13,000.

"Job creation appears to have slowed as we move further into 2016," said Ahu Yildirmaz, VP and head of the ADP Research Institute. "Challenging global conditions affecting hiring at large companies and a tightening labor market for skilled workers are among the factors that may be contributing to the slowdown."

Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody's Analytics, said, "Job growth has moderated this spring as energy companies and manufacturers shed jobs. Retailers are also more circumspect in their hiring. Despite the recent slowdown, job growth remains strong enough to reduce underemployment."

To see Chart 1. Change in Total Nonfarm Private Employment, please click here

To see Chart 2. Historical Trend -- Change in Total Nonfarm Private Employment, please click here

To see Chart 3. Change in Nonfarm Private Employment by Selected Industry, please click here

To see Chart 4. Change in Nonfarm Private Employment by Company Size, please click here

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 April total of jobs added was revised from 156,000 to 166,000.

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The June 2016ADP National Employment Report will be released at 8:15 a.m. ET on July 7, 2016.

About the ADP National Employment Report®
The ADP National Employment Report® is a monthly measure of the change in total U.S. nonfarm private employment derived from actual, anonymous payroll data of client companies served by ADP®, a leading provider of human capital management solutions. The report, which measures nearly 24 million U.S. workers, is produced by the ADP Research Institute®, a specialized group within the company that provides insights around employment trends and workforce strategy, in collaboration with Moody's Analytics, Inc.

Each month, ADP issues the ADP National Employment Report as part of the company's commitment to adding deeper insights into the U.S. labor market and providing businesses, governments and others with a source of credible and valuable information. The ADP National Employment Report is broadly distributed to the public each month, free of charge.

The data for this report is collected for pay periods that can be interpolated to include the week of the 12th of each month, and processed with statistical methodologies similar to those used by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to compute employment from its monthly survey of establishments. Due to this processing, this subset is modified to make it indicative of national employment levels; therefore, the resulting employment changes computed for the ADP National Employment Report are not representative of changes in ADP's total base of U.S. business clients.

For a description of the underlying data and the statistical model used to create this report, please see "ADP National Employment Report: Development Methodology" at

About Moody's Analytics
Moody's Analytics helps capital markets and risk management professionals worldwide respond to an evolving marketplace with confidence. The company offers unique tools and best practices for measuring and managing risk through expertise and experience in credit analysis, economic research and financial risk management. By providing leading-edge software, advisory services, and research, including the proprietary analysis of Moody's Investors Service, Moody's Analytics integrates and customizes its offerings to address specific business challenges. Moody's Analytics is a subsidiary of Moody's Corporation (NYSE: MCO), which reported revenue of $3.3 billion in 2014, employs approximately 10,200 people worldwide and maintains a presence in 35 countries. Further information is available at

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