ADP: Private Employment increased 117,000 in February

From ADP:

Private sector employment increased by 117,000 jobs from January to February according to the February ADP® National Employment ReportTM. Broadly distributed to the public each month, free of charge, the ADP National Employment Report is produced by the ADP Research Institute® in collaboration with Moody’s Analytics. The report, which is derived from ADP’s actual payroll data, measures the change in total nonfarm private employment each month on a seasonally-adjusted basis.

The labor market continues to post a sluggish recovery across the board,” said Nela Richardson, chief economist, ADP. “We’re seeing large-sized companies increasingly feeling the effects of COVID-19, while job growth in the goods producing sector pauses. With the pandemic still in the driver’s seat, the service sector remains well below its pre-pandemic levels; however, this sector is one that will likely benefit the most over time with reopenings and increased consumer confidence.
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This was below the consensus forecast of 168,000 for this report.

The BLS report will be released Friday, and the consensus is for 148 thousand non-farm payroll jobs added in February. The ADP report has not been very useful in predicting the BLS report.