Small Business Employment Growth Strong in First Quarter of 2015, According to Paychex | IHS Small Business Jobs Index
Rochester, N.Y. (March 31, 2015) – The Paychex | IHS Small Business Jobs Index declined 0.05 percent during the past month, bringing the national index to 100.79 in March. The minor retreat, however, did not halt the positive momentum generated in January and February. The national index is up 0.23 percent for the first quarter of 2015, representing the best three-month gain since the index was publicly released last year. The West North Central region continued its strong showing and remains the top-ranked regional index. Indiana and Washington lead the state index ranking, with Texas falling to third. Dallas extends its streak to six consecutive months in the top spot among metro areas.
"At 100.79, the Paychex | IHS Small Business Jobs Index matches levels seen last fall, indicating strong job gains, though not as strong as the gains seen during last spring and summer," said James Diffley, chief regional economist at IHS.
"Even with the March growth rate slowing slightly, the first three months of 2015 were the best quarter of small business job growth that we've seen in the past year," said Martin Mucci, president and CEO of Paychex.
The March 2015 Paychex | IHS Small Business Jobs Index
With the national index at 100.79, employment conditions in the U.S. remain strong despite a slowdown of 0.36 percent since last March. While the pace of job growth increased for a majority of the regions during the first quarter of 2015, the New England and Middle Atlantic regions declined further, possibly related to one of the harshest winters on record.
At 102.81, the West North Central increased its lead as the top-ranked regional index, spiking 0.41 percent in March and 1.55 percent in the past 12 months, despite weak overall jobs data per the BLS. The Pacific region had its best three-month growth rate in more than two years at 0.63 percent, boosting the national index in 2015. While most regions have rebounded in the first three months of 2015, New England has weakened further with the lowest regional index at 99.74.
The rate of employment growth in Texas, specifically Houston, decreased in March, and Texas is now the third-ranked state, trailing Indiana and Washington. Tennessee followed a strong gain in February with a large setback in March, falling 0.46 percent. Michigan shot up to the fourth-ranked state in March as new BLS data shows Michigan 16th best among states in the past year. Missouri led all gains in March with very strong one-month and 12-month growth rates.
Note: Analysis is provided for the 20 largest states based on U.S. population.
At 103.74, Dallas maintained its top ranking among metro areas for the sixth straight month. Meanwhile, Houston employment conditions continue to fluctuate month to month as March followed February's gain with a decrease of 0.67 percent. Detroit has made solid gains, improving 0.74 percent in March and 1.21 percent over the past year. New York and Boston metros fell further in March as the pace of employment has slowed roughly two percent since last year.
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 March 2015 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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