Private providers fill the void of the federal data pipeline

Kate Davidson Oct 11, 2013
HTML EMBED:
COPY

Private providers fill the void of the federal data pipeline

Kate Davidson Oct 11, 2013
HTML EMBED:
COPY

If you were anxiously awaiting data from the Producer Price Index this morning, there’s bad news. It’s not coming out. It’s part of a whole slew of government data that companies use to make hiring and other decisions, data that’s going uncollected or unreported during the shutdown. That leaves analysts, executives, and journalists looking at the patchwork of numbers left behind.

ADP is one of the country’s largest payroll processors, which isn’t headline material, but the company says its media coverage is up 75 percent. That’s because it provides a monthly estimate for private sector job growth, which helped fill the void of last week’s missing jobs report.

“We are not doing this for money,” says Ahu Yildirmaz, senior director of the ADP Research Institute. “We are just providing public information because we do have access to this big data.”

 The ‘big data’ is payroll data from 400,000 companies.

The outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas provides layoff data — like ADP’s, it’s free. We asked CEO John Challenger if increased demand is a benefit.

“It creates interest and attention and I suppose we live in an attention-oriented environment today,” he says, “But other than that, probably not.”

Still, if you’re looking for a market opportunity, folks could use an alternate Industrial Production Index, since the Fed canceled its report, originally due next week.

We’re here to help you navigate this changed world and economy.

Our mission at Marketplace is to raise the economic intelligence of the country. It’s a tough task, but it’s never been more important.

In the past year, we’ve seen record unemployment, stimulus bills, and reddit users influencing the stock market. Marketplace helps you understand it all, will fact-based, approachable, and unbiased reporting.

Generous support from listeners and readers is what powers our nonprofit news—and your donation today will help provide this essential service. For just $5/month, you can sustain independent journalism that keeps you and thousands of others informed.