US: ADP Employment Report


Wed Nov 04 07:15:00 CST 2015

Consensus Consensus Range Actual Previous Revised
ADP employment 185,000 140,000 to 230,000 182,000 200,000 190,000

Highlights
ADP is calling for a 182,000 rise in private payrolls, a respectable gain that is right at expectations and that would likely keep in place chances for a December FOMC rate hike. Last month, ADP called for a 200,000 rise in September private payrolls, now revised to 190,000, which actually came in far lower at 118,000. Next indication on Friday's employment report will be ISM's non-manufacturing employment index to be posted later this morning.

Market Consensus Before Announcement
ADP's employment report is expected to call for a 185,000 rise in private payrolls for October which would be far above the government's 118,000 total in September. But ADP, as it sometimes does, missed the mark last month calling, not for decreasing growth, but increasing growth to 190,000 which made for a big 72,000 miss. This report gets a lot of attention but is rarely market moving.

Definition
The ADP national employment report is computed from a subset of ADP records that represent approximately 400,000 U.S. business clients and approximately 23 million U.S. employees working in all private industrial sectors. ADP contracted with Moody's Analytics to compute a monthly report that would ultimately help to predict monthly nonfarm payrolls from the Bureau of Labor Statistic's employment situation. The ADP report only covers private (excluding government) payrolls.



Description
Market players have become accustomed to the excitement on employment Friday and realize the rich detail of the monthly employment situation can help set the tone for the entire month. While economists have certainly improved their nonfarm payroll forecasts over the years, it is not unusual to see surprises on employment Friday. To that end, the new ADP national employment report can help improve the payroll forecast by providing information in advance of the employment report.

The employment statistics also provide insight on wage trends, and wage inflation is high on the list of enemies for the Federal Reserve. Fed officials constantly monitor this data watching for even the smallest signs of potential inflationary pressures, even when economic conditions are soggy. If inflation is under control, it is easier for the Fed to maintain a more accommodative monetary policy. If inflation is a problem, the Fed is limited in providing economic stimulus. The ADP national employment report does not yet have wage information, but their goal is to provide wage information, along with industry and regional information as well.

By tracking jobs, investors can sense the degree of tightness in the job market. If wage inflation threatens, it's a good bet that interest rates will rise; bond and stock prices will fall. No doubt that the only investors in a good mood will be the ones who watched the employment report and adjusted their portfolios to anticipate these events. In contrast, when job growth is slow or negative, then interest rates are likely to decline - boosting up bond and stock prices in the process.