ADP: U.S. Companies Cut Payrolls by 473,000 in June
Posted on July 1, 2009Bloomberg reports that ADP Employer Services estimates that employers cut 473,000 jobs in June. This would be a sign that job losses are not slowing. Economists had been expecting a smaller figure.
Bloomberg says tomorrow's jobs report from the Labor Department may show employers cut 363,000 jobs in June and that unemployment climbed to 9.6%. This would indicate deep losses and that employers are still firing and not hiring.The 473,000 drop in the ADP Employer Services gauge followed a revised reduction of 485,000 workers in May that was smaller than previously estimated.
Job losses may mount as the bankruptcies of General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC ripple through manufacturing. Increased firings threaten to further restrain consumer spending at a time when the world�s largest economy is showing signs of stabilizing.
"This is a weak number," Joel Prakken, chairman of Macroeconomic Advisers LLC, said on a conference call with reporters. "It's a pretty clear indication that, while we�re not shedding jobs as rapidly as the first part of the year, the labor market is still in a state of decline."