The number of private employment has increased more than expected in June, and the growth rate has been even faster due to the increase in employment to contain the economic barriers of the pandemic.
Human resources management company ADP reported on Wednesday that the number of employed people increased by 692,000—a significant increase from the estimated 550,000. Most of the increase can be attributed to the leisure and hospitality industry, which increased the number of recruits by 332,000.
The hotel industry—including bars, restaurants, hotels, and other related businesses—has suffered its biggest setback during the pandemic. The current reopening is helping the industry regain its footing, which is reflected in strong employment growth.
Education and health services also showed strong growth, with an increase of 123,000.
Trade, transportation, and utilities added 62,000 people, and professional and business services hired 53,000 people.
Nela Richardson, ADP’s chief economist, called job growth “strong”, with about 3 million employees. Approximately 7 million people who worked before the pandemic are still unemployed.
Richardson said: “The service providers that were hit hardest continue to take on the heavy responsibilities. As companies across the country begin to resume work, the leisure and hospitality industries have the strongest earnings.”
The Labor Department, which often releases data that differs from ADP data, will release the June Employment Report on Friday. The number of employed people is expected to be lower than the number reported by ADP.