Private Sector Employment Increased by 178,000 Jobs in May

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Private sector employment increased by 178,000 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 2018 Report Highlights*

View the ADP National Employment Report Infographic at

Total U.S. Nonfarm Private Employment:     178,000

By Company Size

  • Small businesses:     38,000
    • 1-19 employees     15,000
    • 20-49 employees     23,000
  • Medium businesses:     84,000
    • 50-499 employees     84,000
  • Large businesses:     56,000
    • 500-999 employees     23,000
    • 1,000+ employees      34,000

By Sector

  • Goods-producing:     64,000
    • Natural resources/mining    11,000
    • Construction    39,000
    • Manufacturing     14,000
  • Service-providing:     114,000
    • Trade/transportation/utilities     -23,000
    • Information     2,000
    • Financial activities     2,000
    • Professional/business services     61,000
      • Professional/technical services     20,000
      • Management of companies/enterprises     5,000
      • Administrative/support services     35,000
    • Education/health services     35,000
      • Health care/social assistance      26,000
      • Education     9,000
    • Leisure/hospitality      33,000
    • Other services     5,000

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

  • Franchise Employment**
    • Franchise jobs     29,500

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

“The hot job market has cooled slightly as the labor market continues to tighten,” said Ahu Yildirmaz, vice president and co-head of the ADP Research Institute. “Healthcare and professional services remain  a model of consistency and continue to serve as the main drivers of growth in the services sector and the broader labor market as well.”

Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, said, “Job growth is strong, but slowing, as businesses are unable to fill a record number of open positions. Wage growth is accelerating in response, most notably for young, new entrants and those changing jobs. Finding workers is increasingly becoming businesses number one problem.”

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