The Economic Populist will not be amplifying the ADP report. The reason is it diverges over 100,000 private sector jobs from the December BLS unemployment report and has been increasingly divergent in comparison to BLS private payrolls monthly reports.
The January 2011 ADP report shows a gain of 187,000 private sector jobs and last month's number was revised downward to 247,000 from 297,000. The December 2010 BLS private sector payroll change was 113,000, a difference of 134,000 jobs gained between the two reports. Someone is wrong, maybe even both reports.
Below is the private payroll totals between the two reports. Notice how the two lines start to divergence, or spread, starting about 2009.
Next, let's look at the total difference, taken monthly, between the BLS reported private payroll totals and the ADP private payroll totals. While there has always been a base difference in total private payroll jobs reported, notice the difference between the BLS and ADP during the great job slaughter of 2008 is almost nil. Starting in 2009, two reports start diverging to now show a difference of 986,000 private payroll jobs in December 2010. That's quite a disparity, considering it's approaching a 1% error rate. (there are 108.5 million private payroll jobs as reported by the BLS).
Next is the monthly change reported differences between the BLS and the ADP for total U.S. private payrolls. This is the absolute difference between the number of jobs gained or lost, per month that the BLS reports versus what the ADP reports. Notice here too, we see an increasing divergence starting about the 2008 time period.
The BLS will release their annual benchmark adjustements this Friday. Calculated Risk did a good job in analyzing these annual adjustments, so maybe the two reports will start to resync, but in the interim, since the BLS is official and in spite of the never ending find unemployed Waldo hunt in the numbers (the missing real unemployed not counted), it's probably best to work from the BLS report.
Here is December's ADP report, which lead to a huge expectation we would finally see some jobs, only to wake up to yet another disappointing BLS report.
Below is the main conclusions ADP writes from their January report:
This month’s ADP National Employment Report suggests solid growth of private nonfarm
payroll employment heading into the New Year. The recent pattern of rising employment gains since the middle of last year appears to be intact, as the average gain over December and January (217,000) is well above the average gain over the prior six months (52,000). Strength was evident within all major industries and across all size business tracked in the ADP Report.
According to the ADP Report, employment in the service-providing sector rose by 166,000 in January, marking twelve consecutive months of employment gains. Employment in the goods-producing sector rose 21,000, the third consecutive monthly gain. Manufacturing employment rose 19,000, also the third consecutive monthly gain.
Employment among large businesses, defined as those with 500 or more workers, increased by 11,000 while employment among medium-size businesses, defined as those with between 50 and 499 workers, increased by 79,000. Employment among small- size businesses, defined as those with fewer than 50 workers, increased by 97,000.
In January, construction employment dropped 1,000. The total decline in construction
employment since its peak in January 2007 is 2,311,000. Employment in the financial services sector increased 3,000 in January.