Private Employers Added 133,000 Jobs In May, Report Says

The number of jobs on private employers’ payrolls grew by a modest 133,000 positions from April to May, according to the latest ADP National Employment Report.

ADP’s monthly report is sometimes a decent barometer of what the Bureau of Labor Statistics will say when it issues its employment estimates. We’re due to hear from BLS about the May employment situation on Friday at 8:30 a.m. ET.

As The Associated Press notes, the ADP estimate is another sign “that the job market is recovering only slowly.” The Wall Street Journal says that 133,000 is “fewer than the 150,000 expected by economists.” Also of note: ADP revised down its estimate of job growth in April, to 113,000 from the initial estimate of 119,000.

Coming up in the next few minutes:

— The weekly report on claims for unemployment insurance, from the Employment and Training Administration.

— A second look at gross domestic product growth in the first quarter, from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

We’ll update with the news from those releases.

Copyright 2012 National Public Radio. To see more, visit