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U.S. Private Sector Employment Increased by 742,000 Jobs in April

Job gains have totaled 1.3 million in the last two months after adding only about 1 million jobs over the course of the previous five months

Published on May 05, 2021

Private sector employment increased by 742,000 jobs from March to April according to the April 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.

“The labor market continues an upward trend of acceleration and growth, posting the strongest reading since September 2020,” said Nela Richardson, chief economist, ADP. “Service providers have the most to gain as the economy reopens, recovers and resumes normal activities and are leading job growth in April. While payrolls are still more than 8 million jobs short of pre-COVID-19 levels, job gains have totaled 1.3 million in the last two months after adding only about 1 million jobs over the course of the previous five months.”

The matched sample used to develop the ADP National Employment Report was derived from ADP payroll data, which represents 460,000 U.S. clients employing nearly 26 million workers in the U.S. The March total of jobs added was revised from 517,000 to 565,000.

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Total U.S. Nonfarm Private Employment:     742,000

By Company Size

– Small businesses:     235,000

  • 1-19 employees     122,000
  • 20-49 employees     113,000

– Medium businesses:     230,000

  • 50-499 employees     230,000

– Large businesses:     277,000

  • 500-999 employees     84,000
  • 1,000+ employees     193,000

By Sector

– Goods-producing:     106,000

  • Natural resources/mining     10,000
  • Construction     41,000
  • Manufacturing     55,000

– Service-providing:     636,000

  • Trade/transportation/utilities     155,000
  • Information     -3,000
  • Financial activities     11,000
  • Professional/business services     104,000
         – Professional/technical services     27,000
         – Management of companies/enterprises     5,000
         – Administrative/support services     72,000
  • Education/health services     92,000
         – Health care/social assistance     76,000
         – Education     16,000
  • Leisure/hospitality     237,000
  • Other services     40,000

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

– Franchise Employment**

  • Franchise jobs     49,600

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

Business Editor