According to a study released on Wednesday by payroll processing company ADP, job creation in the private sector fell precipitously in January as workers stayed home due to weather-related concerns.
Just 106,000 new employees were hired by businesses during the month, compared to a downwardly revised 253,000 the month before. Dow Jones surveyed economists who anticipated a gain of 190,000.
The hospitality sector saw the most growth, adding 95,000 jobs in establishments like pubs, restaurants, hotels, and the like. Manufacturing (23,000), financial activities (30 000), and education and health services (23,000) were all growing industries (12,000).
However, the trade, transportation, and utilities sector suffered 41,000 losses, construction lost 24,000, and the mining and natural resource sectors lost 2,000.
A total of 3,000 jobs were lost by the industries that produce goods, while 109,000 jobs were gained by the service industries.
The pay increase for the month barely changed, although it was up 7.3% from a year ago.
Nela Richardson, the chief economist at ADP, noted that weather factors were at work and that employment growth may not have been as bad as the headline data suggests.
Weather-related interruptions had an effect on employment during our reference week in January, according to Richardson. According to the strength we witnessed late last year, hiring was stronger throughout other weeks of the month.
ADP uses the 12th week for its payroll sampling, as does the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The company emphasized how adverse weather conditions, such as Midwest snowstorms and California floods, affected the employment situation.
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According to ADP, the Pacific Rim shed 4,000 jobs, while the Midwest lost 40,000.
The most difficult time was experienced by businesses with fewer than 50 employees, who lost 75,000 jobs. Large businesses with 500 or more employees increased by 128,000.
The data is released as the Federal Reserve tries to slow down the economy by raising interest rates repeatedly with the goal of reducing inflation.
Additionally, the data is released two days ahead of the BLS’s more closely anticipated estimate of monthly nonfarm payroll growth. According to economists surveyed by Dow Jones, that report will show a rise of 187,000.
The Dow Jones estimate was incorrect; the gain was supposed to be $190,000. The figure was misstated in a previous edition. Mining and natural resources saw a 2,000 decrease. The figure was misstated in a previous edition. Service providers made 109,000 additions. The figure was misstated in a previous edition.