Private companies across the mid-Atlantic region put their hiring plans on hold due to Hurricane Sandy, pushing November’s jobs number lower than expected. According to the latest ADP National Report, companies added 118,000 jobs during the month. Bloomberg economists had largely predicted 125,000 jobs. The region hardest hit by Sandy “employs 14 percent” of the nation’s workers, the news wire reports. “The report estimated that Sandy reduced payrolls by about 86,000,” the story continues.
Reuters references Moody’s Analytics chief economist Mark Zandi, who said “that underlying growth in private sector jobs was around 150,000 in November after the impact of Sandy is discounted as well as about 60,000 to 70,000 jobs that were brought forward due to the start of the holiday season.”
Sandy was also blamed for less-than-stellar jobs numbers from the US Labor Department for the week ending November 17, in which unemployment claims were up 41,000. Public sector jobs like government workers and teachers were hard hit in that report, which has taken a toll on the employment rate for African-American women.
It was reported this morning that President Obama plans to ask for $50 billion in Sandy relief funds, which would help New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. The states had sought more than $30 billion more than that. “The White House is trying to frame its storm-spending request so as not to conflict with its showdown with Republicans in Congress over broader budget issues, hoping to present it as a separate issue that has little to do with the long-term health of the treasury,” The New York Times reports. Small businesses and homeowners would likely benefit from some of that, though it has yet to be determined how exactly it will be spent.
Temp work and retail were among the areas hard hit on the ADP report. No doubt, Sandy put a kink in the beginning of the holiday shopping season, which would affect both of these sectors. Check out our story about finding seasonal work if you’re still in the job market for one of those positions.
On The Root, Kelli Goff proposes that African-American small businesses will also help with the employment crisis in the black community. “According to research, increasing the number of minority entrepreneurs has an automatic net positive effect on minority employment numbers. The reason? Minority employers are statistically more likely to hire other minorities,” she writes.
New numbers from the U.S. Labor Department are coming this Friday.