ADP National Employment Report: Private Sector Employment Increased by 106,000 Jobs in January; Annual Pay was Up 7.3%

Private sector employment increased by 106,000 jobs in January and annual pay was up 7.3 percent year-over-year, according to the January ADP® National Employment Report™ produced by the ADP Research Institute® in collaboration with the Stanford Digital Economy Lab (“Stanford Lab”).

ADP Research Institute, logo (PRNewsfoto/ADP, Inc.)
ADP Research Institute, logo (PRNewsfoto/ADP, Inc.)

The jobs report and pay insights use ADP’s fine-grained anonymized and aggregated payroll data of over 25 million U.S. employees to provide a representative picture of the labor market. The report details the current month’s total private employment change, and weekly job data from the previous month. ADP’s pay measure uniquely captures the earnings of a cohort of almost 10 million employees over a 12-month period.

“In January, we saw the impact of weather-related disruptions on employment during our reference week,” said Nela Richardson, chief economist, ADP.  “Hiring was stronger during other weeks of the month, in line with the strength we saw late last year.”

January 2023 Report Highlights*

View the ADP National Employment Report and interactive charts at


Private employers added 106,000 jobs in January
Employment was soft during our Jan. 12 reference week as the U.S. was hit with extreme weather. California was coping with record floods and back-to-back storms delivered ice and snow to the central and eastern U.S.

Change in U.S. Private Employment:     106,000

Change by Industry Sector

– Goods-producing:     -3,000

  • Natural resources/mining     -2,000
  • Construction     -24,000
  • Manufacturing     23,000

– Service-providing:     109,000

  • Trade/transportation/utilities     -41,000
  • Information     5,000
  • Financial activities     30,000
  • Professional/business services     8,000
  • Education/health services     12,000
  • Leisure/hospitality     95,000
  • Other services     0

Change by U.S. Regions 

– Northeast:     42,000

  • New England     11,000
  • Middle Atlantic     31,000

– Midwest:     -40,000

  • East North Central     -41,000
  • West North Central     1,000

– South:     55,000

  • South Atlantic     36,000
  • East South Central     28,000
  • West South Central     -9,000

– West:     27,000

  • Mountain      31,000
  • Pacific      -4,000

Change by Establishment Size 

– Small establishments:     -75,000

  • 1-19 employees     -70,000
  • 20-49 employees     -5,000

– Medium establishments:     64,000

  • 50-249 employees     99,000
  • 250-499 employees     -35,000

– Large establishments:     128,000

  • 500+ employees     128,000


Pay growth was flat in January
Pay growth for job stayers held at 7.3 percent for the second month, with most industries little changed. One outlier was the information sector, where pay growth decelerated from 7 percent to 6.6 percent. For job changers, pay growth accelerated to 15.4 percent.

Median Change in Annual Pay (ADP matched person sample)

– Job-Stayers     7.3%

– Job-Changers     15.4%

Median Change in Annual Pay for Job-Stayers by Industry Sector 

– Goods-producing:                                                       

  • Natural resources/mining     7.9%
  • Construction     7.1%
  • Manufacturing    7.2%

– Service-providing:                                               

  • Trade/transportation/utilities     7.5%
  • Information     6.6%
  • Financial activities     7.4%
  • Professional/business services     6.7%
  • Education/health services     7.2%
  • Leisure/hospitality     10.1%
  • Other services     6.8%

Median Change in Annual Pay for Job-Stayers by Firm Size

– Small firms:                                                                 

  • 1-19 employees     5.5%
  • 20-49 employees     7.0%

– Medium firms:                                                              

  • 50-249 employees     7.6%
  • 250-499 employees     7.6%

– Large firms:                                                                 

  • 500+ employees     7.7%

To see Pay Insights by U.S. State, Gender, and Age for Job-Stayers, visit here

* Sum of components may not equal total, due to rounding.

The December total of jobs added was revised from 235,000 to 253,000. The historical data file, and weekly data for the previous month, is available at

January’s report presents the scheduled annual revision of the ADP National Employment Report, which updates the data series to be consistent with the annual Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) benchmark data for March 2022. In addition, this revision introduces some methodological changes, namely, in re-weighting of ADP data to match QCEW data, seasonal adjustment of weekly data instead of monthly data, and constructing the national aggregate from industry aggregates. The historical file was updated to reflect these revisions.

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The February 2023 ADP National Employment Report will be released at 8:15 a.m. ET on March 8, 2023.

About the ADP® National Employment Report™
The ADP National Employment Report is an independent estimate of the change in U.S. private employment and pay derived from actual, anonymized payroll data of client companies served by ADP, a leading provider of human capital management solutions. The report is produced by ADP Research Institute in collaboration with the Stanford Digital Economy Lab.

The ADP National Employment Report is broadly distributed to the public each month, free of charge, as part of the company’s commitment to offering deeper insights of the U.S. labor market and providing businesses and governments with a source of credible and valuable information.

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