SOURCE: Automatic Data Processing, Inc.

Automatic Data Processing, Inc.

May 02, 2012 08:15 ET

U.S. Private-Sector Employment Increased by 119,000 Jobs in April, According to ADP National Employment Report

ROSELAND, NJ--(Marketwire - May 2, 2012) - Private-sector employment increased by 119,000 from March to April on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the latest ADP National Employment Report® released today. The ADP National Employment Report, created by Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP®), in partnership with Macroeconomic Advisers, LLC, is derived from actual payroll data and measures the change in total nonfarm private employment each month. The estimated gain from February to March was revised down modestly, from the initial estimate of 209,000 to a revised estimate of 201,000.

U.S. Nonfarm Private Employment Highlights -- April 2012 Report:

Total employment: +119,000
Small businesses:* +58,000
Medium businesses:** +57,000
Large businesses:*** +4,000
Goods-producing sector: - 4,000
Service-providing sector: +123,000
Manufacturing industry: - 5,000
* Small businesses represent payrolls with 1-49 employees
** Medium businesses represent payrolls with 50-499 employees
*** Large businesses represent payrolls with more than 499 employees
Note: All data included in the ADP National Employment Report is based on size of payroll. In some cases, small and medium-size payrolls belong to businesses employing more workers than indicated by the size grouping.

According to today's ADP National Employment Report, employment in the nonfarm private business sector rose 119,000 from March to April on a seasonally adjusted basis. Employment in the private, service-providing sector rose 123,000 in April, after rising 158,000 in March. Employment in the private, goods-producing sector declined 4,000 in April. Manufacturing employment declined by 5,000, the first drop since September of last year. Construction employment also fell by 5,000, the first loss in seven months and following healthy gains during the unusually warm winter months. The financial services sector added 13,000 from March to April.

"According to data shown in the ADP National Employment Report, monthly employment gains averaged just over 200,000 during the first quarter of this year," said Carlos Rodriguez, President and CEO of ADP. "This month's modest increase of 119,000 jobs appears consistent with the first-quarter Gross Domestic Product growth of 2.2 percent. We hope future rates of job creation will be more aggressive and sustained," Rodriguez added.

According to Joel Prakken, Chairman of Macroeconomic Advisers, LLC, "While April's increase was the twenty-seventh consecutive monthly advance, it nonetheless reflected a deceleration in the recent pace of hiring. This deceleration seems consistent with other incoming data, including a disappointingly weak report on first-quarter Gross Domestic Product, a recent back-up in initial unemployment claims, and last month's relatively weak reading on establishment employment reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics."

Prakken added: "There is some evidence that unusually warm weather boosted employment during the winter months, with a 'payback' now coming due. The modest rise in private employment suggests that the national unemployment rate probably did not decline in April unless there was a notable decline in the labor force."

Employment levels among medium-sized payrolls -- those with 50 to 499 workers -- rose 57,000. Employment on large payrolls -- those with 500 or more workers -- increased by 4,000.

The matched sample used to develop the ADP National Employment Report was derived from ADP data, which, during 2011, averaged about 344,000 U.S. business clients and represented over 21 million U.S. employees. This approximately represents the size of the matched sample used this month.

Small Business Highlights -- April Report:
Due to the important contribution small businesses make to economic growth, employment data that is specific to businesses with fewer than 50 employees is reported in the ADP Small Business Report® each month. The ADP Small Business Report is a subset of the ADP National Employment Report.*

Employment on small payrolls -- those with up to 49 workers -- rose 58,000 in April.

  • Total nonfarm private small business employment: 58,000 jobs created
    • Goods-producing sector lost 1,000 jobs
    • Service-providing sector gained 59,000 jobs

* All size data included in the ADP National Employment Report is based on size of payroll. In some cases, small and medium-size payrolls belong to businesses employing more workers than indicated by the size grouping.

Additional information about small business employment, including charts on monthly job growth and employment levels, along with historical data, is available at

To obtain additional information about the ADP National Employment Report, including additional charts, supporting data and the schedule of future release dates, or to subscribe to the monthly email alerts and RSS feeds, please visit

The May 2012 ADP National Employment Report will be released May 31, 2012 at 8:15 AM ET.

About the ADP National Employment Report®
The ADP National Employment Report®, sponsored by ADP®, was developed and is maintained by Macroeconomic Advisers, LLC. It is a measure of employment derived from an anonymous subset of roughly 500,000 U.S. business clients. During 2011, this subset averaged about 344,000 U.S. business clients and represented over 21 million U.S. employees working in all private industrial sectors. The ADP Small Business Report is a monthly estimate of private nonfarm employment among companies in the United States with 1-49 employees and is a subset of the ADP National Employment Report. The data for both reports 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 properties of the series, please see "ADP National Employment Report: Development Methodology" at

About ADP
Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADP), with about $10 billion in revenues and approximately 570,000 clients, is one of the world's largest providers of business outsourcing solutions. Leveraging over 60 years of experience, ADP offers a wide range of human resource, payroll, tax and benefits administration solutions from a single source. ADP's easy-to-use solutions for employers provide superior value to companies of all types and sizes. ADP is also a leading provider of integrated computing solutions to auto, truck, motorcycle, marine, recreational vehicle, and heavy equipment dealers throughout the world. For more information about ADP or to contact a local ADP sales office, reach us at 1.800.225.5237 or visit the company's Web site at

About Macroeconomic Advisers, LLC
Macroeconomic Advisers, LLC (MA) has been the most trusted source for U.S. macroeconomic forecasts and commentary, monetary and fiscal policy analysis, and econometric modeling for 25 years. MA's clients include leading financial service firms, nonfinancial corporations, key policymaking agencies of the U.S. government, as well as State and Foreign Government agencies. Additional information on Macroeconomic Advisers, LLC is available on the company's website,

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