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Hourly Earnings Growth for U.S. Small Business Workers Increases and Job Growth Slows Amid Tight Job Market

April 30, 2024

U.S. small business hiring slowed in April while hourly earnings growth increased slightly to 3.34%.

Rochester, N.Y. (April 30, 2024) — According to the Paychex Small Business Employment Watch, hourly earnings growth increased slightly to 3.34%, ending a nearly two-year trend of deceleration, and job growth slowed in April. U.S. small businesses with fewer than 50 employees continued to add jobs but at a slower pace with the Small Business Jobs Index standing at 100.12. The growth in weekly hours worked for employees also slowed for the 13th consecutive month, down -0.41% in April.

Read the full news release on the Small Business Employment Watch site.

Tracy Volkmann

Tracy Volkmann

Tracy Volkmann began working at Paychex in July 2014 and currently manages public relations for the company. In this role, she is responsible leading the PR function, protecting the company's reputation, and driving positive earned media coverage for Paychex. Tracy is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University and started her career in collegiate athletic communications, having spent seven years at West Point.


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