Employers Ignore Stock Market to Add 190K Workers In August

Shrugging off the turmoil in the world’s financial markets, U.S. employers continued to hire in August, adding 190,000 new jobs to the national economy.

The monthly National Employment Report from HR services and payroll processor ADP came in somewhat lower than the 200,000 increase economists expected, yet it was an improvement over the revised 177,000 job growth in July.

“The job growth numbers for August improved slightly from July,” said Carlos Rodriguez, president and chief executive officer of ADP. “The employment gains for the month are in line with the year-to-date average.” From January through July, employers added an average of 197,000 private sector jobs monthly, according to ADP.

In August, as has been the case for most of the last two years, small employers continued to lead the hiring, adding 85,000 new workers last month. Mid-size employers, those with 50-499 workers, grew payroll by 66,000. Employers with more than 500 employees added 40,000 new jobs, with 34,000 added by the largest employers, those with more than 1,000 workers.

Each of the five major sectors had increases:

  • 29,000 in professional and business services;
  • 28,000 trade/transportation/utilities;
  • 17,000 in construction;
  • 13,000 in financial activities;
  • 7,000 in manufacturing.

“Recent global financial market turmoil has not slowed the U.S. job market, at least not yet,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, ADP’s partner in the monthly report. “Job growth remains strong and broad-based, except in the energy industry, which continues to shed jobs. Large companies also remain more cautious in their hiring than smaller ones.”

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Looking ahead to Friday’s U.S. Labor Department report, economists, on average, are expecting non-farm payrolls to have grown by 220,000. They also expect the unemployment rate to decline from July’s 5.3 percent to 5.2 percent.

The non-profit business research membership organization, The Conference Board said the number of online job postings increased by 34,200 in August. So far this year, jobs posted online have increased by 302,000.

Healthcare jobs continue to be the most heavily advertised, according to The Conference Board, with 616,000 jobs online last month. The Board calculates a supply-and-demand rate by dividing the number of unemployed in each job classification by the number of jobs online. By that measure, healthcare jobs are also the most difficult to fill, with four jobs posted online for every unemployed healthcare worker.

John Zappe is the editor of TLNT.com and a contributing editor of ERE.net. John was a newspaper reporter and editor until his geek gene lead him to launch his first website in 1994. He developed and managed online newspaper employment sites and sold advertising services to recruiters and employers. Before joining ERE Media in 2006, John was a senior consultant and analyst with Advanced Interactive Media and previously was Vice President of Digital Media for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

Besides writing for ERE, John consults with staffing firms and employment agencies, providing content and managing their social media programs. He also works with organizations and businesses to assist with audience development and marketing. In his spare time  he can be found hiking in the California mountains or competing in canine agility and obedience competitions.

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