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Jobs Report: Economic headwinds dampen job growth in February

Private sector employment increased by 183,000 jobs

Although U.S. employment rates increased in nearly every sector in February, experts indicate an oncoming economic slowdown has dampened growth, according to the ADP and Moody's Analytics National Employment Report.

“We saw a modest slowdown in job growth this month,” ADP Research Institute Vice President and Co-Head Ahu Yildirmaz said. “Midsized companies have been the strongest performer for the past year. There was a sharp decline in small business growth as these firms continue to struggle with offering competitive wages and benefits.”

The National Employment Report indicates that private sector employment increased 183,000 jobs from January to February. Notably, the number of jobs added in January was revised up from 213,000 to 300,000.

The chart below demonstrates the rate of increase since 2013:

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ADP Jobs Report - Feb

The report indicated that construction jobs rose from the prior month, and overall the goods-producing sector is predicted to increase by 44,000 jobs.

Below is a breakdown of job segments that saw changes in employment between January and February:

Natural resources and mining: Increase 3,000

Construction: Increase 25,000

Manufacturing: Increase 17,000

The service-providing sector is predicted to increase by 139,000 jobs, including:

Trade, transportation and utilities: Increase 14,000

Information: Increase 7,000

Financial activities: Increase 21,000

Professional and business services: Increase 49,000

Education and health services: Increase 37,000

Leisure and hospitality: Increase 4,000

Other services: Increase 8,000

Moody’s Analytics Chief Economist Mark Zandi said the economy has throttled back and so too has job growth.

“The job slowdown is clearest in the retail and travel industries, and at smaller companies,” Zandi continued. “Job gains are still strong, but they have likely seen their high watermark for this expansion.”

NOTE: This report is a monthly measure of the change in total U.S. non-farm private employment derived from actual, anonymous payroll data of client companies served by the company. The data is collected and processed with statistical methodologies similar to those used by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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