US private sector sees slower job growth in May

Private companies in the United States added 128,000 jobs in May, indicating slower job growth in a tight labor market, payroll data company Automatic Data Processing (ADP) reported.

“The job growth rate of hiring has tempered across all industries, while small businesses remain a source of concern as they struggle to keep up with larger firms that have been booming as of late,” said Nela Richardson, Chief Economist at ADP, on Thursday.

Large firms hired 122,000 workers, medium-sized businesses added 97,000, while small companies cut 91,000 employees, the report showed, indicating an unbalanced recovery across different company sizes, Xinhua news agency reported.

In February and April, small companies also slashed jobs as large firms and medium-sized businesses saw payroll gains, according to the report, produced by the ADP Research Institute in collaboration with Moody’s Analytics.

Small companies, those with fewer than 50 employees, have lost nearly 300,000 jobs since February, as they struggle to hire and retain workers who are looking for better pay and benefits in a tight market.

The service sector saw a job gain of 104,000 in May, while the goods-producing sector added 24,000 jobs, the report showed.

“Under a backdrop of a tight labor market and elevated inflation, monthly job gains are closer to pre-pandemic levels,” Richardson added.

The ADP report came a day before the crucial monthly employment report to be released by the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, which will include employment data from both the private sector and the government.

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