There was only a 38,000-increase in employment in May from April, according to the latest ADP National Employment Report — a widely watched indicator of labor market strength and something of a prelude to Friday's May jobs report from the Labor Department.
The small gain "suggests that employment growth slowed sharply in May," the researchers at ADP say. Other findings:
-- "Employment in the service-providing sector rose by 48,000, marking 17 consecutive months of employment gains while employment in the goods-producing sector fell 10,000 following six months of increases."
-- "Employment among large businesses, defined as those with 500 or more workers, decreased by 19,000, while employment among medium-size businesses, defined as those with between 50 and 499 workers, increased by 30,000. Employment for small businesses, defined as those with fewer than 50 workers, rose 27,000 in May."
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