ADP Report: Small Businesses Added 58,000 Jobs in January

January 31, 2018 Pete Jansons

The New Year started off strong for U.S. small business employers, who added 58,000 jobs in January, according to the latest ADP Small Business Employment Report. The ADP’s small business employment report looks at job growth specific to businesses with 49 or fewer employees. Following up a mostly strong 2017, small businesses are setting the stage for an equally strong – if not stronger, 2018.

A Closer Look at the Numbers

When looking at small businesses by size, very small businesses (those with 1-19 employees) added 24,000 jobs in January (down from 43,000 jobs in December), and other small businesses (20-49 employees) added 33,000 jobs (down from 51,000 jobs in December).

The service-producing sector added 56,000 jobs (down from 91,000 jobs in December, while the goods-producing sector added 2,000 jobs (down from 3,000 jobs in December).

Comparison to Overall U.S. Job Growth

Small businesses aren’t the only ones enjoying a healthy New Year in terms of job growth. According to the ADP’s National Employment Report, employers across the U.S. added 234,000 jobs in January, exceeding economists’ expectations of 185,000 jobs added.

Looking at growth by business size and sector, mid-sized businesses added 91,000 jobs in January (down from 100,000 jobs in December), and large businesses added 85,000 jobs (up from 56,000 jobs the previous month).

The goods-producing sector added 22,000 jobs (down from 28,000 jobs in December), while in the service-producing sector, the U.S. added 212,000 jobs (down from 222,000 jobs in December).

The industries adding the most jobs in December were trade, transportation and utilities (51,000 jobs added); education and health (47,000); and professional and business services, and leisure and hospitality (each added 46,000). Meanwhile, information was the only sector to lose jobs (3,000).

Looking Ahead

With unemployment at a low 4.1 percent (and expected to dip to 3.5 percent by the end of the year), finding top talent to fill open positions will only get more difficult. If you’re having trouble finding candidates for your open positions, consider these hidden talent pools.

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