ADP Private Jobs Plunge, Miss; Fall For Fifth Month In A Row

Tyler Durden's picture

With the March Payroll number printing at a miserable 88K compared to ADP's 158K print, it was only a matter of time before Mark Zandi, still furious from getting the news he won't be the next GSE Tzar, revised the last month's data to 131K as he just did. Concurrently he also announced that the just released April ADP was a huge miss to expectations of 150K, printing at just 119K, or a 31K miss. This was the 5th month in a row of declines excluding the small bounce in February data. It also means that the combined miss to expectations including March (original estimate +200K) and April (estimate 150K) is precisely 100K. This excludes whatever revisions ADP will do to the April number following the even bigger looming NFP miss. Manufacturing jobs? -10,000. Oh yes, anyone looking for seasonally unadjusted ADP data, good luck - keep on looking. In short: yet another atrocious economic data point which however may need the support of the equally horrible sub-49 Mfg ISM due out shortly to take out 1600 in the S&P. 

Aside for the tiny bounce in February, this would be the 5th consecutive drop in the ADP number starting with the November 276K surge, driven purely by the QE4EVA euphoria.

Broken down by job category:

Where the jobs are(n't): anyone still paying attention to Obama's promise to add however many million manufacturing jobs in five years or whatever?

The bulk of jobs created in ultra small and mega large companies. Supposedly. At least until the revision.


For the second miss (amassing a 100k miss overall in two months thanks to the revision) in a row...


From the press release:

Service-providing jobs increased by 113,000, the weakest pace of growth in seven months. Among the service industries reported by the ADP National Employment Report, trade/transportation/utilities had the largest gain with 29,000 jobs added over the month.


Professional/business services followed, adding 20,000 jobs, and financial activities added 7,000 jobs.


"During the month of April 2013, U.S. private sector employment increased by 119,000 jobs, representing the slowest pace of expansion since September 2012," said Carlos A. Rodriguez, president and chief executive officer of ADP. "The services sector generated the overwhelming majority of new jobs in April, contributing a total of 113,000, which helped to offset overall softness in the goods-producing sector, which was marked by a loss of 10,000 manufacturing jobs."


Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, said, “Job growth appears to be slowing in response to very significant fiscal headwinds. Tax increases and government spending cuts are beginning to hit the job market. Job growth has slowed across all industries and most significantly among companies that employ between 20 and 499 workers.”

And the best thing of all: the social-media friendly ADP infographic:

Infographic: ADP National Employment Report Shows Slower Pace of Job Gains; 119,000 Jobs Added in April

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lizzy36's picture

FOMC should clearly double bond purchases.

Need MOAR trickle down wealth effect.

firstdivision's picture

All those soon to be laid off are begging the Fed to purchase more MBS

espirit's picture

Wow!  119k employed in the U.S.?  That's pretty good and higher than I'd expected.


GetZeeGold's picture



Living the dream!

knukles's picture


And, By the Way, it wuzalldueta May following April this year.

Shocker's picture

Surprised... Yeah you shouldn't be

Layoff List


Debtonation's picture

And gold is trading down on this?

disabledvet's picture

an obviously false news story from the AP ("White House on fire. President injured" caused the market to plunge 100 points. What is it that we are saying here that...MOVES THIS THING.

espirit's picture

Need another ZH tweet to tweak the algos.

kito's picture

Ben will hint on tightening today as per the headlines this morning...

Bobbyrib's picture

They can't afford to mention tightening. Stocks would most certainly take a hit if the Fed mentions tightening and we all know that the Fed can't let that happen.

Everybodys All American's picture

This will be an interesting FOMC minutes. Especially with the disaster of an economy and unemployment. We have clear signs Bernanke's policy is not working to reduce unemployment now four years later and he is likely going to leave the next chairman with a pile of problems. It is no longer possible for him to be so smug. Hint of a tightening. Maybe. But his actions will be otherwise.

Hohum's picture

Not "tightening," tapering.

venturen's picture

what do MBS's have to do with employment? Never could figure out why enriching bankers produced jobs..well outside of bondtraders and investment bank scammers. if demand was low...don't interest rates go down naturally? Of course...letting "capitalism" work would hurt Washington and scamming investment bankers...I suppose.

SheepDog-One's picture

We all know now that the ONLY thing that matters is stawks being up yet another day! Fuck everything and everyone else!

spastic_colon's picture

this of course plays right into weakness right around fed announcement.....perfectly choreographed even though this report is junk

DormRoom's picture

Yeah, cuz $2 trillion dollars, and 4 years later, the wealth effect is finally trickling down. /sarc


It's a Great Recession when Central Bankers start losing their jobs.


disabledvet's picture

again. TWITTER IS A PRIVATE COMPANY. all these Street dogs WANT that IPO. "but how bad do they want us" is what i want to know...

azzhatter's picture

Ben needs to go fuck himself with a rusty chainsaw

Cursive's picture


The Gadsden flag circa 2013.  Put this on a flag and we can start flying it on Memorial Day.

DavidC's picture

No POMO today though, wonder if that will make ANY difference.


yogibear's picture

More  and bigger QE. 

Bubblize the stock market beyond the imagination.


q99x2's picture

Wealth effect. No one has to work any more.

knukles's picture

Da troof, bro...

To wit, the increasing number of people in California who are living out doors because of the fine weather year round.  No jobs, independent, enjoying the fine climate and out of doors natural organic sustainable recreational facilities the "state" has to offer.
And the numbers are growing quite rapidly!

Proof that current policies are working like Barbara Streisand's Hot Knife through Buttah... and popular to boot!

I best get to a meeting before I corrode my mind for the day....

I am more equal than others's picture

This will cause a 15 point surge in the SP

SheepDog-One's picture

WOW so then 1600 is already in the bag today!

venturen's picture

Just think if it was negative...we could have made 1700.

mayhem_korner's picture



It's been cold in the north...the immigrant landscapers are still clinging to their UE benefits. 

Yen Cross's picture

     Santelli just had another one of his epic rants. Go get that pussy shill LIEsman. Kernan was picking the corn from last nights dinner out of his teeth, as usual.

ihedgemyhedges's picture

You actually watch that crap? Tonight, you can update us on Cramer's biggest buy recommendation......

Yen Cross's picture

      I watch key macro releases on CNBS when I wake up in the morning, then I visit the 'oval office' and take a big Liesman. That's the extent of my CNBS patronage...

Scro's picture

I don't remember having corn.

Dr. Engali's picture

Damn that sequester anyway, now the Bernank has to print moar to compensate for congresses failings.

spastic_colon's picture

all those with jobs in manufacturing also appear to have a second job as a bank teller

the not so mighty maximiza's picture

they control the horozontal and the verticle, but now how it ends in flat line.

new game's picture

this trend is worldwide - world slowdown in a macro macro overview.

world reccesion bitchez>done tapped out>credit expansion running out of credit worthy willing participants, except bonds created for central bank purchase.

how does that end?

SheepDog-One's picture

The answer is SO simple! Just need to ramp up bond purchases with Bernank Clownbux to around $500 billion/month! DUH! 

Navymugsy's picture

Only $500,000,000,000 a month? Glad under achievers like you aren't in charge. Print Benny, print!

Imminent Crucible's picture

$500 Billion MOAR every month sounds about right. And the Kroogol will tell you, "As long as the Too Big To Jails keep that money parked over at the Fed, we won't need to worry about inflation".

No. And we won't have to worry about an economic recovery, either. M2V and M1 Multiplier charts are still negative. Mo' money, goin nowhere.

Everybodys All American's picture

Does the American public think Obama is the answer or the problem? At least three more years of deterioration coming without a doubt. Prepare for an unprecedented downturn imo ...

Dr. Engali's picture

Ben's trickling on me gives me ther urge to sing


I feel wealthy..oh so wealthy..I feel wealthy and healthy and wise. I feel shitty ..oh so shitty..I feel shitty everything's more expensive today...

q99x2's picture

Hell you could be a Chechan terrorist and Bernanke print you up a $100,000 to do what ever you want. Work, you gotta be kidding me.

knukles's picture

Even after the Russlies and Ragheads* toldja that he was fucking dangerous as a over heated pressure cooker.
But oh, fucking no, me and granny's still getting groped and irradiated at the airport while this fuck is getting government handouts.

This shit keeps up at some point the citizenry will snap and there will be heads on sticks.  And it's all avoidable, in the hands of TPTB, FFS!


* Saudi's way of saying, in writing, sorry for 9/11

IridiumRebel's picture

There is a notable uptick in anger by the friendly plebes around me. They trust as far as they can bowl them.


BTW, yesterday your comment "So the H is for Harold...." made me almost cry in laughter. I don't even remember the thread, but damn that was funny.

digitlman's picture

The "more stimulus needed" crowd has been warming up for the last few weeks.


Fuck those guys.  If you need more stimulus, try shoving a broomstick up yer asses.

TrumpXVI's picture


It just doesn't GET any better than this; S&P 1,600 here we come!

Hongcha's picture

SPY is down .07 at this moment.

Who will come in and buy the dip?

It is just treading water until its next move to 170.