private payrolls of October

October Private Payrolls Growth Falls Short of Projections

In October, US private payrolls experienced a lower-than-anticipated increase, as revealed by the ADP National Employment Report released on Wednesday. The data indicated the addition of 113,000 jobs for the month, falling short of economists’ expectations of 150,000 new positions. It is worth noting, however, that the report may not fully capture the robustness of the labor market, which continues to exhibit signs of tightness.

While the ADP report serves as a valuable snapshot, it is not deemed a definitive indicator of the Labor Department’s more comprehensive and closely-watched employment report. On a positive note, a consumer survey conducted by the Conference Board unveiled an optimistic outlook regarding the labor market from the public. Analysts are anticipating that the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) will announce an increase of 158,000 private payrolls for October. It is important to consider that this projection may be affected by strikes led by the United Auto Workers union against Detroit’s major car manufacturers, colloquially known as the Big Three.

The government recently disclosed that at least 30,000 UAW members were engaged in labor strikes during the period surveyed for the October report. Furthermore, a Reuters survey of economists suggests that nonfarm payrolls likely saw a more modest growth of 180,000 in October, a notable slowdown from the previous month’s count of 336,000.

Despite the Federal Reserve implementing a series of interest rate hikes totaling 525 basis points since March 2022, the labor market’s tight conditions persist. This enduring resilience underscores the sustained strength of the U.S. job market, a sentiment that stakeholders hope will be reflected in the forthcoming Labor Department report. As the nation navigates economic shifts, the forthcoming employment data from the BLS will be closely monitored for insights into the trajectory of the labor market in the United States.
Source: Reuters

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