Shares of payroll services provider ADP (ADP) - Get Report are up 2.5% thus far in 2016, far better than the 1% drop in the S&P 500. ADP has outperformed the index over the last two-year, five-year and 10-year periods as well.
Jan Siegmund, CFO of ADP, said the job expansion of the past few years provides a nice tailwind, but is not the sole basis for the company's success.
"Our clients are growing, and that helps us in our revenue growth," said Siegmund. "Not as much as one would think, as only 1% of our 9% organic revenue growth is driven by the growth of our clients, but our clients have enjoyed job growth of 2% to 3% in the last few years."
ADP process payments to more than 24 million people in the U.S., or 1 in 6 workers. ADP has distributed the ADP National Employment Report, or NER, free for the last decade.
As opposed to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics employment reports, ADP's report is based on actual payroll data, not survey data. The BLS counts employees "when they are paid," while ADP counts employees "listed as active on an employer's payroll."
"In some months we are spot-on and in other months we differ slightly, but overall the difference is nominal and shows the NER is accurate," said Siegmund.
During the last 10 years, ADP has reported that the share of manufacturing jobs has declined from 12% to 10%.
Regionally, job growth has shifted away from the Northeast and Midwest to the South and West, it said.
Furthermore, companies with fewer than 50 employees that survived the recession have fared better in the labor market than companies employing 500 people or more.
Siegmund said it has taken 10 years for the labor market to attain full employment again.
Over the last five years, average monthly job growth has been around 200,000 new jobs. Also, ADP said there is evidence that wage growth is picking up again as the economy gets close to full employment.
The tech and information sector has a thriving workforce, but overall employment growth within the sector was flat last quarter. As a result, managers were forced to compete for a limited number of workers. That added up to wage growth of 6.4% last quarter, according to ADP.
Overall, manufacturing posted strong wage growth at 4.9%, fueled by demand for highly skilled manufacturing workers. Only in natural resources have wages decelerated, from 4.9% a year ago to 1.2%.
Energy companies have cut back and reduced investments as commodity prices have tumbled. According to ADP, the number of job holders in that field has declined by more than 100,000 over the past four quarters.