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Intuit Small Business Employment Index Shows Continued yet Slow Job Growth for January
50,000 Jobs Created; Slight Decreases in Hours Worked, Compensation; East Coast Shows More Weakness in Employment
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Jan. 30, 2012 – Small businesses created 50,000 new jobs in January but paid employees less and gave them fewer hours. The East Coast, especially New York, showed more weakness in employment than in other parts of the country.
These are among the results of this month's update of the Intuit Inc. (Nasdaq: INTU) Small Business Employment Index, covering the period between Dec. 24, 2011 and Jan. 23, 2012. The monthly report found that small business employment grew by 0.2 percent in January, equating to an annual growth rate of 2.9 percent. Average monthly hours worked decreased slightly by 0.05 percent, or six minutes, while average monthly compensation also decreased slightly by 0.1 percent, or $3.
The Index is based on figures from small businesses with fewer than 20 employees that use Intuit Online Payroll. Intuit is theNo. 1 payroll provider with more than 1 million customers. More information on the index is available at index.intuit.com.
"Overall the small business labor market is not weak, but not strong either," said Susan Woodward, the economist who worked with Intuit to create the Index. "Small businessemployment continues to rise but at a rate that will not get us back to full employment very quickly. Overall, non-salaried employees saw their hours and compensation decrease slightly, but so did the price level. When adjusted for inflation, compensation is about flat. The percent of non-salaried people working fulltime is also down slightly, a trend that began in March 2011."
Based on January's numbers and revised national employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Intuit revised upward the previously reported December growth rate to 0.3 percent. This equates to 60,000 jobs added in December, up from a previously reported 55,000 jobs.
The Intuit Small Business Employment Index shows a 0.2 percent increase in employment for January 2012. The Employment Index reflects data from approximately 70,000 small business employers, a subset of small businesses that use Intuit Online Payroll. The month-to-month changes are seasonally adjusted and informative about the overall economy.The National Employment Index is from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Slight Decrease in Hours Worked, Compensation
Small business hourly employees worked an average of 107.5 hours in January, a slight decrease from 107.6 hours in December, making for a 24.8-hour workweek. Average monthly pay for all small business employees decreased slightly to $2,632 in January, down 0.1 percent from the December revised estimate of $2,635 per month. The equivalent annual wages would be about $31,600 per year, which is part-time work for many small business employees.
Small Business Employee Monthly Hours Worked for hourly employees decreased slightly by 0.05 percent in January 2012. The levels reflect data from approximately 177,000 hourly employees of the Intuit Online Payroll customer set of approximately 70,000 businesses and are not necessarily representative of all small businesses. However, the month-to-month changes reflect the results of federal employment data for small businesses during corresponding times, leading to the conclusion that they are informative about the overall economy.
Small Business Employee Monthly Compensation for all employeesshows compensation decreased slightly by 0.09 percent in January 2012. This data includes the compensation paid by small business owners to themselves. The levels reflect data from approximately 290,000 employees of the Intuit Online Payroll customer set of approximately 70,000 businesses, and are not necessarily representative of all small business employees. The month-to-month changes are seasonally adjusted and informative about the overall economy.
Small Business Employment by Geography
The Intuit Index shows employment growth in all census divisions, except for New England, and in many states for which the Index tracks, except for New York and Maryland.
"The geographical pattern of labor market indicators shows more weakness in employment on the East Coast, especially the New York region where there are more financial service businesses," said Woodward. "This suggests that the continuing uncertainty regarding the Euro and the debts of the European sovereign nations are a force in economic activity here. We hear this on the news, and we can see it in the small business figures."
Small Business Employment by U.S. Census Division continues to grow in all parts of the country. The data reflects employment from approximately 70,000 small business employers who use Intuit Online Payroll. The month-to-month changes are seasonally-adjusted and informative about the overall economy.
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About the Index
The Intuit Small Business Employment Index is based on aggregate and anonymous online employment data from approximately 70,000 small business employers, each with fewer than 20 employees. These small business employers use Intuit Online Payroll and represent a subset of the total Intuit Online Payroll user base. These smallest employers are important to the economy as they comprise 87 percent of the total U.S. private employer base and employ nearly 20 million people. More information is available at: index.intuit.com.
Intuit reports data for three categories: small business employment, compensation and hours worked. Intuit analyzes and publishes the data at the beginning of each month. The Index also includes employment data broken down by geography. As with the government data, there may be revisions to the Intuit Index numbers. These revisions are partly due to calculations using the latest month of new Intuit data. These calculations include recomputing seasonal factors and the moving average process used to obtain the curve, which can change the values for previously reported months. Changes to the data also arise from revisions to the government employment data that are used as inputs to the Intuit Index.
While the Intuit Small Business Employment Index offers macroeconomic insight about the economy generally, it does not indicate or represent changes in Intuit's business results for any period.
The Index data reflects monthly employment activity in small businesses, and is adjusted to account for changes in Intuit's Online Payroll customer base. The percent change is measured monthly using the change in employment for existing Intuit Online Payroll customers from one month to the next. The set of customers changes each month so the measurement is the change, for each pair of months, for customers who are present in both the earlier and the later month.
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