According to ADP and Moody’s Analytics’ monthly report released on Wednesday, the United States added more than 740,000 private payrolls in April.
According to the survey, there were approximately 742,000 employment gains for the month.
The new workers were distributed through a variety of industries. Small businesses accounted for about 235,000, medium businesses accounted for 230,000, and big businesses accounted for 277,000.
ADP’s forecast was a bit lower than most analysts expected (800,000), but significantly higher than the 565,000 jobs posted for March.
Still, forecasters said, the increase signals continued strength in the U.S. economy.
“The labor market continues an upward trend of acceleration and growth, posting the strongest reading since September 2020,” ADP Chief Economist Nela Richardson said in a statement.
“Service providers have the most to gain as the economy reopens, recovers and resumes normal activities and are leading job growth in April.”
Payrolls are still about 8 million employees shy of pre-COVID-19 heights, but Richardson added that gains in the last two months have totalled 1.3 million, compared to about 1 million in the previous five months.
According to ADP and Moody’s, the service sector provided the lion’s share of new employment (636,000), with leisure and hospitality, commerce and transportation, and technical and business services all posting high April figures. According to the survey, education, wellness, and social programmes performed well as well.
On Friday, the federal government will update its official April employment survey.