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ADP National Employment Report: Private Sector Employment Increased by 978,000 Jobs in May
June 3, 2021

ROSELAND, N.J., June 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Private sector employment increased by 978,000 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 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.  

May 2021 Report Highlights*

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Total U.S. Nonfarm Private Employment:     978,000

By Company Size

-- Small businesses:     333,000

  • 1-19 employees     177,000
  • 20-49 employees     156,000

-- Medium businesses:     338,000

  • 50-499 employees     338,000

-- Large businesses:     308,000

  • 500-999 employees     88,000
  • 1,000+ employees     220,000

By Sector

-- Goods-producing:     128,000

  • Natural resources/mining      11,000
  • Construction     65,000
  • Manufacturing     52,000

-- Service-providing:     850,000

  • Trade/transportation/utilities     118,000
  • Information     -3,000
  • Financial activities     20,000
  • Professional/business services     68,000
         - Professional/technical services      24,000
         - Management of companies/enterprises      4,000
         - Administrative/support services     40,000
  • Education/health services      139,000
         - Health care/social assistance      119,000
         - Education     20,000
  • Leisure/hospitality      440,000
  • Other services      69,000

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

-- Franchise Employment**

  • Franchise jobs     57,700

**Complete details on franchise employment can be found here.

"Private payrolls showed a marked improvement from recent months and the strongest gain since the early days of the recovery," said Nela Richardson, chief economist, ADP. "While goods producers grew at a steady pace, it is service providers that accounted for the lion's share of the gains, far outpacing the monthly average in the last six months. Companies of all sizes experienced an uptick in job growth, reflecting the improving nature of the panemic and economy."

Chart 1. Change in Total Nonfarm Private Employment

Chart 2. Historical Trend - Change in Total Nonfarm Private Employment

Chart 3. Change in Nonfarm Private Employment by Selected Industry

Chart 4. Change in Nonfarm Private Employment by Company Size

The matched sample used to develop the ADP National Employment Report was derived from ADP payroll data, which represents 460,000 U.S. clients employing nearly 26 million workers in the U.S. The April total of jobs added was revised from 742,000 to 654,000.  

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The June 2021 ADP National Employment Report will be released at 8:15 a.m. ET on June 30, 2021.

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 26 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 Research Institute 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 the ADP National Employment Report: Development Methodology.

About the ADP Research Institute
The mission of the ADP Research Institute is to generate data-driven discoveries about the world of work, and to derive reliable economic indicators from these insights. We offer these findings to the world at large as our unique contribution to making the world of work better and more productive, and to bring greater awareness to the economy at large.

About Moody's Analytics
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