August’s ADP Report estimates nonfarm private employment in the service-providing sector fell by 146,000. Employment in the goods-producing sector declined 152,000, with employment in the manufacturing sector dropping 74,000, its smallest monthly decline since July of 2008. Large businesses, defined as those with 500 or more workers, saw employment decline by 60,000, while medium-size businesses with between 50 and 499 workers declined 116,000.
Employment among small-size businesses, defined as those with fewer than 50 workers, declined 122,000. Since reaching peak employment in January 2008, small-size businesses have shed nearly 2.5 million jobs. In August, construction employment dropped 73,000. This was its thirty-first consecutive monthly decline, and brings the total decline in construction jobs since the peak in January 2007 to 1,562,000. Employment in the financial services sector dropped 19,000, the twenty-first consecutive monthly decline.