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Paychex | IHS Small Business Jobs Index Continues Trend of Employment Growth for Small Businesses in October

Rochester, N.Y. (November 4, 2014) – While the Paychex | IHS Small Business Jobs Index grew 0.23 percent in the past 12 months, the national index remained even for October, coming in at 100.84. Showing no change, the rate of job creation seen in September was consistent through October. Though down 0.25 percent during the past three months, the national index is still in a position of strength, well above the baseline of 100. Employment growth in the Central regions put the West North Central region at the top of the regional index, while Washington took over the lead among the states, and Dallas reclaimed the top spot among metro areas.

"The Paychex | IHS Small Business Jobs Index held strong in October as employment growth maintained its momentum to start the fourth quarter," said James Diffley, chief regional economist at IHS.

"The year-over-year trend of employment growth continues to be strong for small businesses, despite the index not showing a lot of movement in recent months," said Martin Mucci, president and CEO of Paychex. "Even with the pace of employment varying since the index hit its record high in the spring, small business hiring continues to be stronger than the previous year."

The October 2014 Paychex | IHS Small Business Jobs Index

National Index

National Index

The downturn seen in four of the past five months leveled off in October, as the pace of employment growth was unchanged from September. Though the national index remains at a low for 2014, the 12-month growth rate continues to trend positively at 0.23 percent.

National Index Graph

Regional Employment

The Central regions lead expansion; moving to the top of the regional index at 102.45, West North Central spiked 0.68 percent from September to October. Also, the West South Central region rebounded from a dip last month to exceed 102 again. Employment conditions in the Eastern regions lag, with New England declining the most in October and during the past year.

Regional Heatmap plus legend

State Employment

A strong October gain pushed Indiana into the fourth position in the state index. Despite a sharp decline in October, the Wisconsin index is still above 102, indicating small business activity is far brighter than other economic indicators in the state. The only state above 103, Washington, is showing strong short- and long-term employment growth. Both at an index level under 99, New Jersey and Virginia continue to lag severely.

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

Metropolitan Employment

Gaining 0.88 percent in October, Dallas surged to lead all metros, surpassing Seattle and Houston. Strong gains also propelled Minneapolis to 102.65, which had the lowest unemployment rate among large metros in September. Though overall economic activity appears strong in Boston, its small business index dropped to less than 100 in October. A large improvement in Washington still leaves it lowest among the metros, reflecting its overall sluggish economy this year.

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 October 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 solutions 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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