US ADP Growth Slows Down in July

U.S. private job growth slowed sharply in July, pointing to a loss of momentum in the economy heading into the third quarter that could temper expectations of a September interest rate hike.

Other economic data on Wednesday showed a widening of the trade deficit in June as solid domestic demand in the second quarter and a strong dollar sucked in imports of food and automobiles.

“Job growth is strong, but it has moderated since the beginning of the year. Nonetheless, even at this slower pace of growth, the labor market is fast approaching full employment,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Private employers hired 185,000 workers last month, the ADP National Employment Report showed, well below economists’ expectations for an increase of 215,000.

June’s private payroll gains were revised down to 229,000 from the previously reported 237,000.

via Reuters

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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