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ADP Employment Declines, ISM Services Expand Further

Posted Wednesday, August 5, 2020 by
Skerdian Meta • 2 min read

The ADP non-farm employment turned negative in March, for the first time in a very long time. But, the big decline came in April, during the height of the lock-downs. May was another negative number, at -2,760K, but in June we saw 2,369K increase, which was revised higher this week to 4,314K. They were expected to cool off in July to 1,200K, but they came at 167K, which was quite weak. But, the ISM services report showed another increase in July to 58 points. Below are both reports:

US July ADP Jobs Report

  • July ADP employment +167K vs +1200K expected
  • June ADP employment was +2369K (revised to +4313K)
  • Small businesses +63K
  • Midsized businesses -25K
  • Large businesses +129K
  • Goods producing businesses +1K
  • Services +166K

That’s a big miss in jobs and is going to stoke fears about a similar miss ing non-farm payrolls (consensus +1500K). There’s a big revisions to the upside on the prior but the market is more interested in what’s happening now than in June. All that said, ADP has been a poor predictor of anything in the COVID-era.


ISM services index for the month of July

the ISM services index for the month of July rose to 58.1 vs. 55.0 estimate. The prior month came in at 57.1.

  • ISM services index 58.1 vs. 55.0 estimated. Prior month 57.1
  • Business activity 67.2 vs. 66.0 last month
  • New service orders 67.7 vs. 61.6 last month
  • Backlog of orders 55.9 vs. 51.9 last month
  • Employment fell to 42.1 from 43.1 last month
  • New export orders 49.3 vs. 58.9 last month
  • Imports 46.3 vs. 52.9 last month
  • Supplier deliveries 55.2 vs. 57.5 last month
  • Inventory change 52.0 vs. 60.7 last month
  • Inventory sentiment 50.0 vs. 55.9 last month

The services sector engages a new high since February 2019 in July. Services orders index rises to an all-time high. On the other hand, export orders fell, as did employment. But the overall orders are higher, so this report leans clearly on the positive side.

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