Private sector employment increased by 227,000 jobs from September to October according to the October 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.

October 2018 Report Highlights

Total U.S. Nonfarm Private Employment: 227,000

By Company Size

• Small businesses:  29,000

  • 1-19 employees     7,000
  • 20-49 employees     22,000

• Medium businesses:      96,000

  • 50-499 employees     96,000

• Large businesses:     102,000

  • 500-999 employees     30,000
  • 1,000+ employees     73,000

By Sector

• Goods-producing:     38,000

  • Natural resources/mining     4,000
  • Construction     17,000
  • Manufacturing     17,000

• Service-providing:     189,000

  • Trade/transportation/utilities     61,000
  • Information     4,000
  • Financial activities     4,000
  • Professional/business services     36,000
    – Professional/technical services     17,000
    – Management of companies/enterprises     4,000
    – Administrative/support services     15,000
  • Education/health services     31,000
    – Health care/social assistance     31,000
    – Education      0
  • Leisure/hospitality     40,000
  • Other services     13,000

• Franchise Employment

  • Franchise jobs     13,200

“Despite a significant shortage in skilled talent, the labor market continues to grow,” said Ahu Yildirmaz, vice president and co-head of the ADP Research Institute.”We saw significant gains across all industries with trade and leisure and hospitality leading the way.  We continue to see larger employers benefit in this environment as they are more apt to provide the competitive wages and strong benefits employees desire.”

Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, said, “The job market bounced back strongly last month despite being hit by back-to-back hurricanes. Testimonial to the robust employment picture is the broad-based gains in jobs across industries. The only blemish is the struggles small businesses are having filling open job positions.”

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 September total of jobs added was revised down from 230,000 to 218,000.

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The November 2018 ADP National Employment Report will be released at 8:15 a.m. ET on December 5, 2018.