Private payrolls grew by just 132,000 in August


A hiring sign is seen in a cafe as the U.S. Labor Department released its July employment report, in Manhattan, New York City, August 5, 2022.

Andrew Kelly | Reuters

Companies sharply slowed the pace of hiring in August amid growing fears of an economic slowdown, according to payroll processing company ADP.

Private payrolls grew by just 132,000 for the month, a deceleration from the 268,000 gain in July, the firm said in its monthly payroll report.

The Dow Jones estimate for the ADP count was 300,000.

“Our data suggests a shift toward a more conservative pace of hiring, possibly as companies try to decipher the economy’s conflicting signals,” said ADP’s chief economist, Nela Richardson. “We…


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