U.S. adds 749K jobs in September, according to ADP report

Private-sector employment grew by 749,000 jobs from August to September, according to Roseland-based human resources and payroll company ADP.

According to ADP’s monthly National Employment Report, total U.S. nonfarm private employment rose by nearly three-quarters of a million jobs. Large businesses with more than 500 workers led the way, adding 297,000 employees. Medium businesses of 50-499 workers added 259,000 jobs, and small businesses with less than 50 workers added 192,000 positions.

“The labor market continues to recover gradually,” Ahu Yildirmaz, vice president and co-head of the ADP Research Institute, said in a prepared statement. “… However, small businesses continued to demonstrate slower growth.”

The service-providing sector added most of the jobs, 522,000, while the goods-producing sector added 196,000 jobs.

Top industries included trade/transportation/utilities, which added 186,000 jobs; manufacturing, which added 130,000; and health care/social assistance, which added 101,000. Of the 15 industries broken out, only one lost jobs: education, which shrank by 11,000 positions.

“In September, the majority of sectors and company sizes experienced gains, with trade, transportation and utilities, and manufacturing leading the way,” Yildirmaz said.

The report is produced each month by the ADP Research Institute, in collaboration with Moody’s Analytics.