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Private sector jobs in New Jersey grow

Posted on August 5, 2016

A new report from ADP highlights the number of private sector jobs in New Jersey and other states.

According to the report, payrolls for businesses with 49 or fewer employees increased by 61,000 jobs in July, down from 86,000 in June.

Employment at companies with 50-499 employees increased by 68,000 jobs, up from last month’s 56,000. Employment at large companies — those with 500 or more employees — increased by 50,000, up from June’s 34,000. Companies with 500-999 employees added 16,000 and companies with more than 1,000 employees added 33,000 in July.

Goods-producing employment was down by 6,000 jobs in July, following June losses of 28,000. The construction industry lost 6,000 jobs, following June losses of 4,000 jobs. Meanwhile, manufacturing gained 4,000 jobs after losing 15,000 the previous month.

Service-providing employment rose by 185,000 jobs in July, fewer than June’s 203,000 jobs. The ADP National Employment Report indicates that professional/business services contributed 59,000 jobs, down from June’s 78,000.

Trade/transportation/utilities increased by 27,000 jobs in July, down from 41,000 jobs added the previous month. Financial activities added 11,000 jobs, following last month’s gain of 9,000 jobs.

“This month’s employment number falls short of the 12-month average primarily because of slowing in small business hiring,” said Ahu Yildirmaz, vice president and head of the ADP Research Institute. “As the labor market continues to tighten, small businesses may increasingly face challenges when it comes to offering wages that can compete with larger businesses.”

Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, said, “Job growth remains strong, but is moderating as the economy approaches full employment. Businesses are having a more difficult time filling open job positions, which are near record highs. The nation’s biggest economic problem will soon be the lack of available workers.”

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