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Paychex | IHS Small Business Jobs Index Continues to Show Mixed Results for Small Business Employment Growth in September

Rochester, N.Y. (September 30, 2014) – While the Paychex | IHS Small Business Jobs Index grew 0.13 percent in the past 12 months through September, the national index decreased to 100.85 with the pace of small business employment growth continuing to slow slightly. Coming off its April peak of 101.26, the index is still trending higher than any quarter prior to 2014, indicating consistent employment growth conditions persist. An increase in small business job growth drove the East South Central region into the lead among regions. Wisconsin continues to lead the state index, and Seattle claimed the top spot among metro areas.

"Though still performing stronger than in 2013, the small business job market has cooled a bit in the second half of 2014. At 100.85, the Paychex | IHS Small Business Jobs Index contracted again in September, remaining below the 101 level it exceeded from January through July. Year-over-year gains continue to trend positively, 0.13 percent, as the index is higher than at any time in the second half of 2013," said James Diffley, chief regional economist at IHS.

"For the second consecutive month, the Paychex | IHS Small Business Jobs Index is showing a mixed story for small businesses employment growth," said Martin Mucci, president and CEO of Paychex. "While the growth rate has slowed in four of the past five months, the index continues to show positive year-over-year gains."

The September 2014 Paychex | IHS Small Business Jobs Index

National Index

National Index

The pace of employment growth continued to slow slightly as the Paychex | IHS Small Business Jobs Index fell 0.14 percent in September, marking the fourth decline in the last five months. However, at levels near 101, strong employment conditions persist.

National Index Graph

Regional Employment

The East South Central moved to the top spot at 102.16 and was the only region to see improvement in employment conditions in September. The South Central regions now have the highest index values, edging ahead of the Mountain region. At 99.52, the South Atlantic remained the lowest regional index, as Georgia dropped 0.61 percent in September, consistent with the state experiencing the highest unemployment rate in the nation in August.

Regional Heatmap plus legend

State Employment

Wisconsin posted its third consecutive large index gain, 0.45 percent, increasing its margin as the top performing state index. Monthly gains in New Jersey and Maryland merely offset large August declines as both states continue to trend below 100 and rank near the bottom of the state index. Analyzing long-term growth rates for the top 20 states, only nine states advanced during the past 12 months, while eleven declined.

State Chart
Note: Analysis is provided for the 20 largest states based on U.S. population.

Metropolitan Employment

Reaching 103.10, Seattle rose to the top metro index spot, gaining 0.32 percent during September. Despite declines this month, Houston and Dallas trail Seattle closely near the top. Baltimore saw a huge 1-month gain, 1.02 percent, though its index remains below 100 with the Maryland economy slumping this past summer.

Metro Chart
Note: Analysis is provided for the 20 largest metro areas based on U.S. population.

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 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, 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.

For more information about the Paychex | IHS Small Business Jobs Index, please visit the jobs index website. Plus, view and download the September 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.

About Paychex

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.

About IHS Markit (www.ihsmarkit.com)

IHS Markit (Nasdaq: INFO) is a world leader in critical information, analytics and expertise for the major industries and markets that drive economies worldwide. The company delivers next-generation information, analytics and solutions to customers in business, finance and government, improving their operational efficiency and providing deep insights that lead to well-informed, confident decisions. IHS Markit has more than 50,000 key business and government customers, including 85 percent of the Fortune Global 500 and the world’s leading financial institutions. Headquartered in London, IHS Markit is committed to sustainable, profitable growth.
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