ADP December Payrolls Up 297,000 On Expectations Of 100,000

ADP, whose November better than expected data of 92,000 jobs diverged dramatically with the weaker than expected NFP report (which just happened to come at a time when political ammo was required to pass the Unemployment Insurance extension, and which we predicted would surge in December), has just come at 297,000, on expectations of 100,000. How this number is even remotely possible is beyond any reasonable attempt at reconciling NFP data with initial claims. Then again, this is the loudest telegraphing that the dollar should be far, far higher.

From ADP:

Private-sector employment increased by 297,000 from November to December on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the latest ADP National Employment Report® released today. The estimated change of employment from October to November was revised down but only slightly, from the previously reported increase of 93,000 to an increase of 92,000.

This month’s ADP National Employment Report suggests nonfarm private employment grew very strongly in December, at a pace well above what is usually associated with a declining unemployment rate. After a mid-year pause, employment seems to have accelerated as indicated by September’s employment gain of 29,000, October’s gain of 79,000, November’s gain of 92,000 and December’s gain of 297,000. Strength was also evident within all major industries and every size business tracked in the ADP Report.

According to the ADP Report, employment in the service-providing sector rose by 270,000 in December, the eleventh consecutive monthly gain and the largest monthly increase in the history of the report. Employment in the goods-producing sector rose 27,000, the second consecutive monthly gain and the largest since February 2006. Manufacturing employment rose 23,000, also the second consecutive monthly gain.

Employment among large businesses, defined as those with 500 or more workers, increased by 36,000 while employment among medium-size businesses, defined as those with between 50 and 499 workers, increased by 144,000. Employment among small-size businesses, defined as those with fewer than 50 workers, increased by 117,000.*

Construction employment was unchanged in December, ending continuous monthly declines since June 2007. The decline in Construction employment, since its peak in January 2007, is 2,306,000. Employment in the financial services sector declined 8,000 in December.

As a reminder, Friday's NFP consensus is for 140,000 jobs, and our prediction is that this number will be blown away now that economic data no longer serves a policy function for the time being.

Indicatively, the divergence between the NFP and ADP numbers can be seen on the chart below

And as John Lohman points out there is really no observable correlation whatsoever between ADP and NFP surprises:

h/t Andrew Yorks