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May 30, 2017 08:30 ET

Paychex | IHS Markit Small Business Employment Watch: Small Business Employment Growth Declines for the Third Consecutive Month; Hourly Earnings Up 2.87 Percent from a Year Ago

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  • At 100.34, the national jobs index is at its lowest level since October 2015
  • Hourly earnings in May were $25.76, increasing 2.87 percent ($0.72 YOY)
  • South remains the leader in regional job growth; West ranks highest for wage growth
  • Tennessee continues to lead in job growth; Arizona tops states for wage growth
  • Dallas remains the best metro for small business jobs; Riverside leads in wage growth
  • Construction has the weakest 12-month growth rate for jobs nationally; Other Services and Leisure and Hospitality have the strongest wage growth

The Paychex | IHS Markit Small Business Employment Watch for May shows a continued decline in small business job growth, but an increase in wages for the fourth consecutive month. According to the report, the Small Business Jobs Index declined 0.16 percent in May to 100.34, a 0.25 percent decrease in growth year-over-year and its weakest three-month change since July 2009 (-0.44 percent). National hourly earnings in May were $25.76, increasing 2.87 percent ($0.72) year-over-year.

"After peaking in February, the Small Business Jobs Index has dropped to its lowest reading since October 2015," said James Diffley, chief regional economist at IHS Markit.

"The increased pace of small business employment growth that we saw following the election of President Trump has slowed," said Martin Mucci, Paychex president and CEO. "Small business owners now seem to be taking a more wait-and-see approach to hiring. Despite that, wages continue to rise, which is certainly good news for workers."

National Jobs Index

  • Despite a strong start to 2017, at 100.34, three consecutive declines have brought the national index to its lowest level since late 2015.
  • The pace of small business job growth is 0.25 percent slower than in May 2016.
  • The Small Business Jobs Index had its weakest three-month change since July 2009 (-0.44 percent).

Visit www.paychex.com/employment-watch/jobs-index/ for the interactive, historical national index chart.

National Wage Report

  • Indicating wage acceleration in 2017, both the one- and three-month annualized growth rates are over three percent and have trended above the 12-month growth rate for several consecutive months.
  • Essentially unchanged from last year, down 0.01 hours, small business employees averaged 32.55 weekly hours in May.

Visit www.paychex.com/employment-watch/wage-data/ for the interactive, historical national wage chart.

Regional Jobs Index

  • All four regions are negative for the month, the quarter, and the year.
  • At 101.14, the South remains the strongest region for small business growth.
  • Even though its index is down slightly year-over-year, 0.07 percent, the South also has the best 12-month growth rate among regions.

Visit www.paychex.com/employment-watch/jobs-index/ for the interactive regional employment map.

Regional Wage Report

  • Though the South showed the slowest annual wage growth in May, the pace of hourly earnings in the South has increased the fastest among regions during 2017, from 2.29 percent to 2.54 percent.
  • With the strongest weekly hours gain, the Midwest joins the West with weekly earnings growth above three percent.
  • The pace of hourly earnings growth has been very consistent in the Northeast; currently up 2.77 percent year-over-year in May, the annual growth rate has averaged 2.76 percent during the past 12 months.

Visit www.paychex.com/employment-watch/wage-data/ for the interactive regional wage map.

State Jobs Index

  • North Carolina and New York remained positive, despite the overall downward trend, with strong May increases.
  • Georgia continues to fare well in overall BLS employment and still ranks third among states at 101.64, but has decelerated rapidly, falling 1.92 percent during the past three months.
  • Florida's index has averaged 102.00 since the beginning of 2015, with the pace of growth steadily increasing each year.

Visit www.paychex.com/employment-watch/jobs-index/ for the interactive state employment bar chart. Note: Analysis is provided for the 20 largest states based on U.S. population.

State Wage Report

  • Washington led all states for year-over-year growth in both weekly earnings and weekly hours.
  • While ten other states have annual wage growth above three percent, Arizona led hourly earnings growth for the third straight month among states, gaining 4.63 percent ($1.06) year-over-year.
  • At 1.50 percent, annual hourly earnings growth, Missouri continues to lag all other states and has not yet reached two percent growth at any time this decade.

Visit www.paychex.com/employment-watch/wage-data/ for the interactive state wage bar chart. Note: Analysis is provided for the 20 largest states based on U.S. population.

Metropolitan Jobs Index

  • Despite sizable one-month decreases in Dallas, Atlanta, and Miami, the top three ranked metros remained the same in May.
  • Following an improvement in energy markets, Houston was the only metro with a strong gain in May, and has quickly improved 2.90 percent since its November 2016 low of 96.14.
  • Washington fell out of the top five ranked metros in May, decreasing 0.94 percent for the month and 1.81 percent during the past quarter.

Visit www.paychex.com/employment-watch/jobs-index/ for the interactive metro area employment bar chart. Note: Analysis is provided for the 20 largest metro areas based on U.S. population.

Metropolitan Wage Report

  • Riverside, followed by Phoenix and Tampa, led metros in hourly earnings growth. Riverside is now above five percent growth and has exceeded four percent since February 2016.
  • St. Louis, Philadelphia, and Dallas lag metros with hourly earnings growth less than two percent.

Visit www.paychex.com/employment-watch/wage-data/ for the interactive metro area wage bar chart. Note: Analysis is provided for the 20 largest metro areas based on U.S. population.

Industry Jobs Index

  • Manufacturing, the industry with the slowest small business jobs growth, was the only industry sector to improve in May.
  • Ranked fourth among industries, Construction has the weakest 12-month growth rate at -1.12 percent. Since late 2015, small business job growth in Construction has steadily improved in the South, but slowed in all other regions.

Visit www.paychex.com/employment-watch/jobs-index/ for the interactive industry sector employment bar chart. Note: Analysis is provided for seven major industry sectors.

Industry Wage Report

  • The strongest wage growth has come from the industries with the lowest hourly earnings, topped by Other Services and Leisure and Hospitality.
  • At $25.29, hourly earnings in the Manufacturing industry increased 3.14 percent from last May.

Visit www.paychex.com/employment-watch/wage-data/ for the interactive industry sector wage bar chart. Note: Analysis is provided for seven major industry sectors.

For more information about the Paychex | IHS Markit Small Business Employment Watch, including interactive charts detailing all data at a national, regional, state, metro, and industry level, visit www.paychex.com/employment-watch and sign up to receive monthly Employment Watch alerts.

*Information regarding the professions included in the industry data can be found at the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.

About the Paychex | IHS Markit Small Business Employment Watch
The Paychex | IHS Markit Small Business Employment Watch 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 expertise. Focused exclusively on small business, the monthly report offers analysis of national employment and wage trends, as well as examines regional, state, metro, and industry sector activity. Drawing from the payroll data of approximately 350,000 Paychex clients, this powerful tool delivers real-time insights into the small business trends driving the U.S. economy.

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.

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