ADP Private Payroll Comes 8 Standard Deviations Above Estimate

Tyler Durden's picture

The US economic "indicators" have once again entered the magic unicorn-cum-Department of Truth zone as if to prove to China that when it comes to data fudging the US really can be unparalleled. The just released December ADP private payrolls jobs, which has been completely uncorrelated to the NFP for the past several years (R squared of 0.003), came at a ridiculous 325,000 jobs on consensus of 177,000 private jobs. As a reminder this is a carbon copy replica of what happened in December 2010 when ADP soared and the NFP disappointed materially. But all is fair in love and robotic kneejerk reaction stimulation: ES +5 points on this latest ridiculous datapoint. Oh, and proving the "validity" of the data is that the number was about 8 standard deviations above consensus - aka statistical noise.

Here is how the ADP number compares to consensus.

And the recent correlation between ADP and BLS, courtesy of Andrew Yorks:

The propaganda narative itself:

ADP today reported that employment in the U.S. nonfarm private business sector increased by 325,000 from November to December on a seasonally adjusted basis. The estimated advance in employment from October to November was revised down slightly to 204,000 from the initially reported 206,000.


The increase in December was the largest monthly gain since last December 2010 and nearly twice the average monthly gain since May when employment decelerated sharply. Employment in the private, service-providing sector rose 273,000 in December, which is up from an increase of 176,000 in November. Employment in the private, goods-producing sector increased 52,000 in December, while manufacturing employment increased 22,000.


Employment on large payrolls—those with 500 or more workers—increased 37,000, and employment on medium payrolls—those with 50 to 499 workers—rose 140,000 in December.


Employment on small payrolls—those with up to 49 workers—rose 148,000 that same period, up from the 109,000 jobs created among small businesses last month. Of the 148,000 jobs created by small businesses, 18,000 jobs were created by the goods-producing sector and 130,000 jobs were created by the service-producing sector.


Employment in the construction industry increased 26,000 this month, which is up from an increase of 17,000 in November. Employment in the financial services sector declined 1,000 in December.

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Pretorian's picture

What was that secret organization in Treasury with fat finger posted on ZH, controlling FED, manipulating market,currencies, country bonds and there destiny ......? ESF.....

French Frog's picture

I'd love to know how much of the 375K is made by their 'seasonal adjustment' !


firstdivision's picture

FYI seven states "estimated" their inital UE claims.

Manthong's picture

I was wondering what goosed the futures this morning.. but then I knew it would be something bogus.

Looks like it had a half life of about 20 minutes.

Badabing's picture

19,000 jobs with Kodak alone. This will affect the whole industry. Without the film I’m doomed. I got canned Oct 15 by one of the biggest Labs and found work thank god. but now it don’t look so good. And I cant stand Fuji

pan-the-ist's picture

Isn't the fact that we cannot commit corprorations for the psychopathic behavior or jail them for their crimes evidence enough that they shouldn't have the same rights as people?

Badabing's picture

The best of both worlds.

hugovanderbubble's picture

This data is false.

all winter season temporal , no long term jobs...


this is the biggest fraud ever...



brew's picture

ADP is the iowa caucus of jobs forecasting...

Clam McCain's picture

bullish bichez - s&p to finish in the green!!

Corn1945's picture

I have a feeling ADP is going to pull a NAR one day.

GeneMarchbanks's picture

Pada pa-pa-pa i'm lovin' it!

firstdivision's picture

So we can expect 6% UE tomorrow, with 72% participation rate?

Bonds still say the economy blows!RCMT.gif 

*edit* LOL! at the loller spiking up and the yield on the 10Y spiking up.  Makes perfect sense..........

Hansel's picture

How can you be sure bonds are saying anything?  When Bernanke or any other central bank intervenes, they go straight to the bond market.

firstdivision's picture

Most of the time Ben likes the longer dated ones.  The short-term is saying GTFO of risk.

Hansel's picture

I thought short term was saying "look how much excess reserves we have parked at the Fed."  WTF do I know.

Schmuck Raker's picture

Algo-licious, baby!

rubearish10's picture

No, I will not serve food stampers. I'll just keep collecting until my 99 weeks are up.

slaughterer's picture

EUR/USD unimpressed, whereas the ES bots are overheating with Bid Explosion.  Guess ADP wants Obama to win, and bears to lose. 

AU5K's picture

Expiring business tax credits, bitchez!


Anyways, 8 sigma events are supposed to come along every few months.  Definitely expected 2-3 times per year.



distopiandreamboy's picture

So now what am I to do with my pitchfork and torch?

george1982's picture

shut the fuck up with that bitches shit!!!

UP Forester's picture

Kwicher bichen.

And it's Bitchez, with a zed.

Cdad's picture

Perfect "news" to lift the presunrise futures blues...and then sell into.  Yesterday's session is all you need to know to understand that the market will have a very, very hard time moving forward.  Yesterday was an unbelievably bad session with almost ZERO participation.

They can "futures" the market all they want.  And I'll leave the argument about whether or not this data series means anything.  I don't need no data point or no analyst opinion to know that market is beyond vapor locked...

Don't care how high the intraday print is.  Sell it today.  

Cdad's picture

Okay...futures bid followed on by the Roach Motel [SPY] bid was predictable...but is already being sold off.  Individual stocks never had a bid to begin with [especially momentum stocks I watch], and VIX instruments have been firmly bid both before and after the "creative" data point.  Selling in gold commenced immediately with the data point, so good luck with commodities today.

Again, yesterday gave you everything you needed to know about today's market behavior.

Chump's picture

Out of curiosity, what momos do you watch?

Cdad's picture

Pick up a dart...throw it at the Consumer Discretionary sector.  You're covered.

SheepDog-One's picture

'Futures' up the market, polish up data turds and spray paint them gold...underlying message is 'No Hefty bags of free QE crack rocks'.


LongSoupLine's picture

More frosting slathered on the cake made of crap...

Retail: "Oh my, what a pretty looking cake you have there."

Sell side: "Yeah, for only this much $$$, you can have a slice." 

Sean7k's picture

Well, if I have to suspend reality, this beats the hell out of reality TV. 

SheepDog-One's picture

Also suspending QE obviously...another long stretch of 'muddle-thru' as markets really do nothing at all for a long time.

WonderDawg's picture

Don't be so sure. We're at the end of the ABC correction that started the October lows. This thing might have a little more upside, but when it rolls over, make sure you get your shorts and puts in place, it's gonna be serious.

Cdad's picture

The market is three weeks into zero participation upside.  Good luck looking for MOAR!

Sean7k's picture

QE continues unabated Sheep Dog. Operation Twist, dollar swap lines and "infinite demand" for US treasuries when the rest of the world is dumping them. An unaudited balance sheet is all you need to qe infinity.

smlbizman's picture can't have these low rates just by saying it to be treasuries are being dumped like crazy...and there so many people just dying to own the hottest ticket in town..the most insolvent of them all.....the fed is not using the helicopter, they are using those gigantic cargo carriers to buy up all treasuries to keep appearences up...just look at the rates in the countries that we know are being bought by the cb's..all low look at the countries were they don't the chart ask are our yields so low?....just cause they say it ain't so does not make it so...

Dick Darlington's picture

Initial claims 372K SA, 535K unadjusted

Cult_of_Reason's picture

Goldman: "We suspect that the financial crisis distorted seasonal factors for many economic series, causing “seasonally adjusted” data to be relatively stronger in the winter months and weaker in the summer months. The reason is that the collapse in economic activity following the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers in September 2008 was evident in sharp declines in many economic series that winter."

ajk24455's picture

The difference over the last two weeks between the adjusted and raw initial claims data totals about 260000 claims.  Almost completely wiping out th bullshit gain in ADP.  I guess the retailers retained some people another couple weeks to help with all the returns. 


Cdad's picture

Retail sales data seems to confirm you thesis.  That group specifically should get hammered today.

San Diego Gold Bug's picture

My bad....I gave myself a year end bonus.

SheepDog-One's picture

All economic data and markets shining like Unicorns pure gold dust farts, impervious to any downside moves at all, yet everyone also jonezing hard for another free money fix like a back alley junkie.

LOL, hillarious.

JMT's picture

Some recruiters I have spoken to here in the Boston area said that this December was the busiest in terms of hiring since the late 1990s and that hiring would even be stronger but the problem is lack of qualified applicants.

mayhem_korner's picture



If you're speaking with AccounTemps, that seems plausible.  Retainer firms who seek to place people for real jobs are being weeded out by the dozen these days.  Only the really well-connected are faring OK.

JMT's picture

Some recruiters I have spoken to here in the Boston area said that this December was the busiest in terms of hiring since the late 1990s and that hiring would even be stronger but the problem is lack of qualified applicants.

JMT's picture

Some recruiters I have spoken to here in the Boston area said that this December was the busiest in terms of hiring since the late 1990s and that hiring would even be stronger but the problem is lack of qualified applicants.

orangedrinkandchips's picture

I am just reeling from the AAII numbers this morning...17% bearish and 50% bulls....


wow. mid teens for bears?? hard to find a print like that, have to go back 1 year....


someone is certain....which is an invite to fade!

SheepDog-One's picture

Yep, yet all the big banksters still whining and begging for their free money QE at any minute too, which way do they want it? All-is-well market news, or free bags of market crack from Bernank?