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Private Sector Job Losses Estimated at 697,000 in February

Posted on 04 Mar 2009

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According to a report by ADP Employer Services, U.S. private sector job losses accelerated in February, indicating hefty employment declines are on the way in the government's payrolls report due on Friday.

ADP reported today that private employers cut 697,000 jobs in February versus a revised 614,000 jobs lost in January. The January job cuts were originally reported at 522,000.

It was the biggest job loss since the report's launch in 2001 and showed the misery of declining employment spreading broadly and evenly throughout the economy.

The service sector, which often resists the grip of recession longer than other areas, accounted for more than half of the total losses, reflecting the rapid deterioration of the economy in recent months.