Hiring Spree: Private Employers Add 220,000 Jobs In April

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ADP employment report
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By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER

WASHINGTON -- U.S. businesses boosted hiring in April, according to a private survey, a sign the economy may improve after a sluggish start this year.

Payroll processer ADP (ADP) said Wednesday that private employers added 220,000 jobs in April, the most since November and up from 209,000 in March.

The figures suggest that the government's jobs report for April, to be released Friday, could show a healthy gain. Economists forecast that report will show employers added 210,000 jobs in April, according to a survey by FactSet. That would be the most in five months.

A strong increase of 200,000 or more jobs would give the economy a much-needed boost after harsh winter snowstorms kept shoppers indoors and dragged down home and car sales. The economy barely expanded in the first three months of this year, according to a separate report Wednesday. The Commerce Department said growth was just 0.1 percent at an annual rate in the first quarter, much lower than the fourth quarter's 2.6 percent pace.

More hiring would put more money in Americans' pockets, potentially boosting spending and growth. Most economists expect growth to accelerate in the spring and summer, as the weather improves and hiring picks up.

The ADP report says most of the hiring occurred in service industries such as retail, transportation, and professional services. Construction firms added 19,000 jobs, a healthy gain. Manufacturing added just 1,000.

Hiring was also widespread among small, medium-sized and larger companies.

The step-up in hiring comes after job gains faltered over the winter. The federal government says employers added only 84,000 jobs in December and 144,000 in January. Hiring then improved to 197,000 in February and 192,000 last month.

There are other signs the job market is getting better. The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid has fallen to the lowest level since the recession, a sign companies are laying off fewer workers.

The ADP numbers cover only private businesses and often diverge from the government's more comprehensive report. Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics, said that ADP's figures have been off by about 40,000, on average, from the government's report each month for the past 18 months. Moody's calculates the figures for ADP.


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akavw

service industries such as retail, transportation, and professional services. Construction firms added 19,000 jobs, a healthy gain. Manufacturing added just 1,000.
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May 02 2014 at 2:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Valerie

Buried in the cheerleader hoo-hah of this "news article" is a grudging acknowledgement that MOST of the hiring was done in service industries, with only 1,000 jobs added in manufacturing.

Workers do not have more money to spend to boost the economy when they are working at low-wage service jobs and struggling to pay the rent and utility bills, put food on the table and buy enough gas to drive to that low-paying job for another week.

The writer should have asked: "Do you want fries with that?"

April 30 2014 at 11:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
maloontransllc

19,000 construction jobs added is healthy ???? Who ever wrote this better Hope Obama doesnt suddenly stop.

April 30 2014 at 4:02 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
tmlbtb

Service industry? It's nice people are finding work, but at what pay scale? Working for McDonalds isn't going to prop up our economy. The numbers might make the administration overly excited, but it won't help spending. A lot of people can't afford a house today and this isn't going to help that. Buying houses leads to buying furniture, appliances, etc.

April 30 2014 at 3:22 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
bigwave48

Large muti national companies, as well as domestic , is hiring lots of people, giving them
low wages, and no benefits. It looks good on paper, but its nothing more then a smoke
screen. People are not going to benefit from these types of jobs.

April 30 2014 at 2:24 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
cferrin104

oil boom gas boom solar boom goodness things are going well

April 30 2014 at 1:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cferrin104

an extremely cold winter definitely had a big effect

April 30 2014 at 1:44 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
cferrin104

without a housing boom we will continue to have solid growth without inflation. without fanny and Freddie we will not have a hosing boom

April 30 2014 at 1:42 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
cferrin104

great numbers after the super cold weather

April 30 2014 at 1:41 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
archergman

1st Qtr GDP grew 0.1% ? WTF? That should be the headline!

April 30 2014 at 1:37 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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cferrin104

I don't know where u live but it was too cold in the NE to do anything

April 30 2014 at 1:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply