The drop in the ADP Employer Services gauge was higher than economists forecast. April’s reading was revised to show a reduction of 545,000 workers, up from a previous estimate of 491,000.
Companies from General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC to American Express Co. continue to cut jobs to control costs even as the economy shows signs of stabilizing. Mounting unemployment will restrain consumer spending, muting any recovery.
A government report on June 5 may show payrolls at companies and government agencies shrank by 520,000 in May and unemployment rose to a 25-year high of 9.2 percent, according to a Bloomberg survey of economists.
Job-cut announcements last month showed the smallest increase in more than a year, Chicago-based placement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. also said today. Planned firings rose to 111,182, up 7.4 percent from May 2008. The rise was the smallest since firings last dropped in February 2008.