ADP jobs report: Hiring down by 17,000 in September

While the federal government’s official September jobs report won’t be released until Friday morning, a private survey indicates that American businesses hired fewer people in September. Payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that U.S. companies added 162,000 jobs last month, down from the August total of 189,000.

Although lower than the previous month, the September increase was better than some economists had forecast. The gain is not considered enough to significantly lower the official unemployment rate, which stands at 8.1%.

Closer to home, the state of Wisconsin has published updated Bureau of Labor Statistics employment data for the 12-month period ending on March 31, 2012. The data, based on a larger sample of employers than month-to-month preliminary figures, indicates that 37,500 jobs were created during that period.

Even with that increase, Wisconsin ranks 38th nationally in new job creation.