Private Employers Add 175,000 Jobs in January

ADP national employment report hiring
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By Dan Burns

U.S. private employers added 175,000 jobs in January, the smallest gain since August as wintry weather kept a lid on hiring, a report by a payrolls processor showed Wednesday.

Economists surveyed by Reuters had forecast the ADP National Employment Report would show a gain of 180,000 jobs, with estimates ranging from a low of 125,000 to a high of 210,000.

December's increase in jobs was revised down to 227,000 from the initially reported 238,000. The report is jointly developed with Moody's Analytics.

Small businesses, defined as having fewer than 50 employees, showed the largest growth by business size, with 75,000 jobs added. Medium businesses, with between 50 and 499 workers, added 66,000, while large companies, with more than 500 staff members, added 34,000 positions, the report showed.

By sector, the services sector added 160,000 jobs, down from an upwardly revised 177,000 in December, led by strength in the professional and business services group, which added 49,000.

Goods-producing companies added just 16,000 positions after an increase of 50,000 the month before. Manufacturers cut jobs, with a decline of 12,000 after adding 16,000 positions in December.

"Cold and stormy winter weather continued to weigh on the job numbers," Moody's Analytics Chief Economist Mark Zandi said in a statement accompanying the report.
"Underlying job growth, abstracting from the weather, remains sturdy. Gains are broad based across industries and company sizes, the biggest exception being manufacturing, which shed jobs, but that is not expected to continue."

The ADP (ADP) report comes two days ahead of the government's nonfarm payroll report, a measure of the labor market that is more comprehensive and includes both public- and private-sector employment.

December's initial reading from ADP failed to foreshadow accurately the Labor Department's report, which showed that just 74,000 jobs were created in December. That was the lowest job creation total in nearly three years, but was largely blamed on the month's bout of freezing weather across the country.

This time around, analysts are looking for the government data to show that 185,000 jobs were created in January. The entire increase is expected to be in the private sector; the private payrolls forecast is also 185,000, according to a Reuters survey.

"The outcome is a touch lower than expected but still above our expectations for private payrolls to run at around 155,000," Annalisa Piazza, fixed income strategist at Newedge, wrote in a comment following the report. "That said, today's outcome represents the weakest ADP reading since August 2013 and it points in the direction of some moderation of job creation at the turn of the year."

Financial market reaction was subdued. Standard & Poor's 500 index e-mini futures briefly added to losses but quickly retraced most of the move. U.S. stocks are expected to open slightly lower.

In the bond markets, the yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note dropped about 1 basis point following the release of the ADP data to stand at about 2.61 percent, 2 basis points lower on the day.

The dollar remained slightly lower against a basket of currencies.

U.S. Employment Seen Rebounding In January, May Allay Growth Fears

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Would you like fries with the order? Barak Obama

February 05 2014 at 9:52 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply

not that I care at all but who on earth is immelt? that person is not up for election on my ballot. 2 parties, one republican all for the destructive trade policies we have enacted the last 30 years, the other democrat with whom we have a 50/50 chance of fighting the trade deals. your love of partisanship leaves you lacking the ability to think. that is all.


You're always spewing your swill like you know something but you don't know who Jeff Immelt is?
You know who Immelt is. He's Obama's buddy and APPOINTED him his job czar. What a simpleton.

February 05 2014 at 6:20 PM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to skcarcomed_0's comment

I am not like you. I am not a partisan hack. please. you know I only just make stuff up all the time or just come back to your comments with put downs. I have other things to worry about.

February 05 2014 at 9:11 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I have a friend who is a union iron worker because of the record cold here in Chicago he hasn't been working much due to the weather.


I know a freeloader, who is you, who lied and posted that he worked for Aramark but never seems to get on their work schedule.

February 05 2014 at 5:06 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply

What we all should be able to agree that we need TERM LIMITS for Congress!

February 05 2014 at 4:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

how many did the government add?
and how many private sector employees are needed to pay one government worker?

February 05 2014 at 4:30 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Only half of what is needed for a growing economy!~

February 05 2014 at 10:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Forty percent of working age Americans are NOT working.

Gather friends and family this November and get out and Vote. Retake the Senate, hopefully with a veto proof majority.

Stop the Madness.

February 05 2014 at 8:42 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to walt.hafer's comment

retake the senate by who? we only have 2 parties and republicans are 100% behind sending all our jobs out of the country. or did you just miss that fact? partisan politics assures we all lose.

February 05 2014 at 12:32 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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Uh Miltool what about Obama's APPOINTED job czar Jeff Immet who is the king of outsourcing. What a simpleton.

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