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Wage Growth for Workers of U.S. Small Businesses Continues Downward Trend; Job Growth Remains Stable

December 05, 2023

Paychex data shows small businesses are hiring workers at a sustained, modest rate.


Rochester, N.Y. (Dec. 5, 2023) — The rate of hourly earnings growth for workers at U.S. small businesses has slowed 17 of the past 18 months to 3.48% in November, falling below 3.50% for the first time since July 2021, according to the Paychex Small Business Employment Watch. Hiring at small businesses across the U.S. remains stable but continues to slow from the rate of growth seen at the start of 2023.

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

Chris Muller

Chris Muller

As director of corporate communications for Paychex, Chris Muller leads the team responsible for external communications, including media and public relations programs as well as client communications. Among his other responsibilities, Chris is a lead communicator in companywide initiatives, crisis and issues management, and social media. He joined Paychex in October 2011 in leadership roles in marketing, service, and operations after serving as the communications executive for a Fortune 1000 company. Chris is a graduate of the State University of New York at Fredonia.

Director, Corporate Communications