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ADP: Jobs growth in January misses expectations

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ADP: Jobs growth in January misses expectations

Middle market creates 95,000 jobs; 213,000 jobs created during the month overall.

Private sector employment increased by 213,000 jobs from December to January, according to payroll processing giant ADP. Middle market companies led the way with 95,000 new workers, which comprised 45% of the total.

Analysts had expected an increase of 225,000 overall.

"All indications are that the job market will continue to improve in 2015.”

Goods-producing employment rose by 31,000 jobs in January, down from 47,000 jobs gained in December. The construction industry added 18,000 jobs, down from last month’s gain of 26,000. Meanwhile, manufacturing added 14,000 jobs in January, below December’s 23,000.

Service-providing employment rose by 183,000 jobs in January, down from 207,000 in December. The report indicated that professional/business services contributed 42,000 jobs in January, a large drop-off from December’s 72,000. Expansion in trade/transportation/utilities grew by 54,000, a sharp increase from December’s 40,000. The 11,000 new jobs added in financial activities is down from last month’s 14,000, but still well above the average of the past twelve months.

"January marks another month of solid job gains and is in line with the NER’s twelve-month average of over 200,000 jobs added per month,” said Carlos Rodriguez, president and chief executive officer of ADP.

Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, said, “Employment posted another solid gain in January, although the pace of growth is slower than in recent months. Businesses in the energy and supplying industries are already scaling back payrolls in reaction to the collapse in oil prices, while industries benefiting from the lower prices have been slower to increase their hiring. All indications are that the job market will continue to improve in 2015.”

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