ADP Misses Expectations, Second Worst Print In Last 8 Months; Sequester Blamed

By now it is futile to point out the woeful inability of the ADP report to predict the NFP's ARIMA X 12 output of pure noise so we'll leave it at that. Here is the headline: May private payrolls created 135K with consensus looking for 165K - only two analysts were looking for a weaker number. This was the second lowest print since September excluding only the April 113K print. What's worse is that the prior number which usually is revised to match the NFP was revised lower from 119K to 113K, confirming that the quality of NFP reporting in the past month is suspect to quite suspect. Don't expect the imminent arrival of a manufacturing renaissance: mfg jobs were down 6,000. But fear not - Mark Zandi blames it on the sequester: "Manufacturers are reducing payrolls. The softer job market this spring is largely due to significant fiscal drag from tax increases and government spending cuts." At least it wasn't the May weather or tornadoes...

The report breakdown:

From the report:

“U.S. private sector employment increased by 135,000 jobs during the month of May 2013, a slight increase over the previous month of April. The majority of new jobs in May came from the service-providing sector, which added a total of 138,000 jobs, while the goods-producing sector recorded a loss of 3,000 jobs. Notably, a gain of 5,000 jobs in the construction industry during May was offset by a decline of 6,000 lost jobs in the manufacturing industry.”

– Carlos A. Rodriguez, president and chief executive officer of ADP

Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, said, "The job market continues to expand, but growth has slowed since the beginning of the year. The slowdown is evident across all industries and all but the largest companies. Manufacturers are reducing payrolls. The softer job market this spring is largely due to significant fiscal drag from tax increases and government spending cuts."

Some more charts: this is the second worst month in the past eight.

ADP now trending decidedly below the BLS:

Small companies have recovered their depression plunge. Medium-to-large, not so much:

The manufacturing renaissance is absent: second month in a row, and 6 of the past 11 with negative manufacturing jobs "growth":

 

 

Finally, the beloved by all social networks ADP inforgraphic:

Infographic: ADP National Employment Report Shows 135,000 Jobs Added in May