Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Friday's Jobs Numbers Today

Not really, but every month the ADP report, a private estimate of what the gov't report will tell us on Friday, comes out a couple of days beforehand.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Private-sector employers shed 693,000 jobs in December, a private employment service said on Wednesday in a report that was far worse than expected and pointed to more ugly news from the government's jobs data due later this week.

The drop, much bigger than the revised 476,000 private sector jobs lost in November, is consistent with about a 670,000 fall in December non-farm payrolls, said Joel Prakken, chairman of Macroeconomic Advisers LLC, which jointly develops the private sector employment report with ADP Employer Services.

That's a big owie.