Paychex | IHS Small Business Jobs Index Increases to 101.26 in April
Rochester, NY (April 29, 2014) – The Paychex | IHS Small Business Jobs Index grew 0.50 percent in the 12 months leading up to April, increasing to 101.26, a new peak level, reflecting improving employment conditions. Washington had the greatest gains among the states measured, with help from Seattle, which showed the highest increase in growth rate among metro areas.
The Paychex | IHS Small Business Jobs Index increased 0.10 percent in April indicating job growth improvement, bringing the three-month growth rate to 0.22 percent.
According to James Diffley, chief regional economist at IHS, "The April increase in the Paychex | IHS Small Business Jobs Index adds to a series of optimistic signals in 2014 that job security and employment conditions are improving for American workers."
"This month's small business jobs index continues to show a trend we've been seeing for many months now," said Martin Mucci, president and CEO of Paychex. "While certain regions, states, and metro areas are experiencing accelerated growth, overall employment among small businesses continues to advance at a slow, steady pace."
The April 2014 Paychex | IHS Small Business Jobs Index
Advancing 0.50 percent in the past year to 101.26, the April Paychex | IHS Small Business Jobs Index rose to its highest point since tracking of the index began in 2004.
Tracking the same regions measured by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), at 1.75 percent, the Mountain region had the highest 12-month growth rate again in April. However, the West North Central region, led by Missouri, had the best one-month gain at 0.26 percent, though job growth conditions remain at a relatively low level there.
Measuring the 20 largest states based on U.S. population, Texas experienced the largest one-month index drop at -0.61 percent in April. Nevertheless, the Texas index level remains among the highest state results. Washington, meanwhile, jumped to the top spot, with a 12-month change of 2.22 percent.
Measuring the 20 largest metro areas based on U.S. population, the Seattle index spiked to 103.84 in April, with the 12-month growth rate climbing to 2.66 percent, highest among the twenty metro areas. Dallas showed the worst one-month drop at -1.12 percent, bringing the 12-month acceleration rate to a halt at 0.00 percent, though continuing to show a high index level due to overall growth.
Launched on April 1, the monthly index from Paychex, Inc., a leading provider of payroll, human resource, insurance, and benefits outsourcing solutions for small-to medium-sized businesses, and IHS, Inc., a leading global source of critical information and insight, provides insight into the state of small business employment in the U.S.
The Index analyzes same-store year-over-year worker count changes to identify and track small business employment trends using real small business payroll data from the Paychex client base. The index is based on aggregated data from approximately 350,000 small businesses with fewer than 50 workers across the United States, one of the largest sample sizes of any small business index or report in the country, and provides timely, accurate insight into national, regional, state, and metro employment activity. The index uses a base year of 2004, a period of expansion before the start of the economic downturn. When the index trends up it is a sign of a strengthening job market, and when it trends down it is a sign of a slowdown.
To learn more about the index and gain better insight into what it is, how it works, and what it tells us about U.S. jobs dynamics, watch this video featuring James Diffley, chief regional economist at IHS.
For more information about the Paychex | IHS Small Business Jobs Index, please visit the jobs index website. Plus, view and download the April 2014 Paychex | IHS Small Business Jobs Index infographic. Or, sign up to receive monthly alerts on the Paychex | IHS Small Business Jobs Index.
*Information regarding the professions included in the industry data can be found at the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.
About the Paychex | IHS Small Business Jobs Index
The Paychex | IHS Small Business Jobs Index is released each month by Paychex, Inc., a leading provider of payroll, human resource, insurance, and benefits outsourcing solutions for small-to medium-sized businesses, and IHS Markit, a world leader in critical information, analytics and solutions, providing analysis of small business employment trends across the U.S.
The index analyzes same-store, year-over-year worker count changes to identify and track small business employment trends using real small business payroll data from the Paychex client base. The index is based on aggregated data from approximately 350,000 small businesses with fewer than 50 workers across the United States, one of the largest sample sizes of any small business index or report in the country, and provides timely, accurate insight into national, regional, state, metro, and industry employment activity.
Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ: PAYX) is a leading provider of integrated human capital management solutions for payroll, HR, retirement, and insurance services. By combining its innovative software-as-a-service technology and mobility platform with dedicated, personal service, Paychex empowers small- and medium-sized business owners to focus on the growth and management of their business. Backed by 45 years of industry expertise, Paychex serves approximately 605,000 payroll clients across more than 100 locations and pays one out of every 12 American private sector employees. Learn more about Paychex by visiting www.paychex.com, and stay connected on Twitter and LinkedIn.
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