ADP v. Labor Department

From January to October of this year, the monthly ADP National Employment Report has deviated from the Labor Department report by an average of 54,000 jobs.  The ADP report has tended to understate the number of jobs created.  However, in November, it reported 189,000 jobs compared to the preliminary Labor Department report of 94,000 jobs, a difference of 95,000 jobs.  It will be interesting to see if a Labor Department adjustment moves the November jobs report closer to the ADP number.  In August, ADP reported the creation of 38,000 jobs while the preliminary Labor Department reported the loss of 4,000 jobs. The August report was later revised to show a gain of 93,000 jobs.  In September, the Labor Department report was revised down, from an initial 110,000 to 44,000, an adjustment that brought the report closer to ADP's reported 58,000.  Below is a monthly comparison chart between the ADP report and the Department of Labor report in 2007.