Wednesday, May 6, 2009, 8:15 A.M. ET
Nonfarm private employment decreased 491,000 from March to April 2009 on a seasonally
adjusted basis, according to the ADP National Employment Report
. The estimated change of
employment from February to March was revised by 34,000, from a decline of 742,000 to a
decline of 708,000.
April’s ADP Report estimates nonfarm private employment in the service-providing sector fell
by 229,000. Employment in the goods-producing sector declined 262,000, with employment in
the manufacturing sector dropping 159,000, its thirty-eighth consecutive monthly decline.
Large businesses, defined as those with 500 or more workers, saw employment decline by
77,000, while medium-size businesses with between 50 and 499 workers declined 231,000.
Employment among small-size businesses, defined as those with fewer than 50 workers, declined
183,000. The employment declines among medium- and small-size businesses indicate that the
recession continues to spread beyond manufacturing and housing-related activities to almost
every area of the economy.
In April, construction employment dropped 95,000. This was its twenty-seventh consecutive
monthly decline, and brings the total decline in construction jobs since the peak in January 2007
to 1,261,000. April’s decline, however, was the smallest since November of 2008.
For information on the construction and use of the ADP Report, please visit the methodology
section of the ADP National Employment Report website at
DERIVED FROM ADP PAYROLL DATA
Table 1. Employees on nonfarm private payrolls by selected industry sector and size
Mar. 2009 -
Total nonfarm private…………… 113,472