Small business owners are seeing a relatively bright future for 2014, even after a year of facing uncertainty over the growth of the economy, health care reform and the government shutdown, according to the December 2013 SurePayroll Small Business Scorecard. Despite these hurdles, 70 percent of small business owners are feeling optimistic, up from 55 percent a year ago.

While the 2013 hiring picture was mostly flat to down, an expected move away from using independent contractors may be an indicator they’re ready to take on more full-time hires, which should help stabilize the Main Street economy.

Our Scorecard optimism survey also found that 73 percent of small business owners did the same or better this fourth quarter than they did one year ago. Only 12 percent expect a drop off in business in the beginning of 2014, and 50 percent expect continued growth.

 

November Scorecard

The SurePayroll Hiring and Paychecks Indices

National Results
Month Hiring Index Pay Index
December ’13 11,384 935
November ’13 11,390 937
October ’13 11,403 938
September ’13 11,415 938
August ’13 11,414 942
July ’13 11,440 940
June ’13 11,454 942
May ’13 11,469 943
April ’13 11,505 944
March ’13 11,528 944
February ’13 11,550 945
January ’13 11,564 944
December ’12 11,576 938
Regional Results
Midwest 
Month                      Hiring Index Pay Index
December ’13 10,606 944
November ’13 10,622 945
October ’13 10,640 947
September ’13 10,664 949
August ’13 10,674 954
July ’13 10,709 954
June ’13 10,735 955
May ’13 10,763 954
April ’13 10,825 954
March ’13 10,871 951
February ’13 10,909 948
January ’13 10,932 945
December ’12 10,951 938
Northeast 
Month Hiring Index Pay Index
December ’13 11,298 904
November ’13 11,325 908
October ’13 11,353 911
September ’13 11,381 912
August ’13 11,403 917
July ’13 11,442 918
June ’13 11,477 923
May ’13 11,513 926
April ’13 11,583 929
March ’13 11,640 931
February ’13 11,687 933
January ’13 11,728 932
December ’12 11,771 923
South
Month Hiring Index Pay Index
December ’13 12,395 957
November ’13 12,382 959
October ’13 12,385 958
September ’13 12,382 956
August ’13 12,360 957
July ’13 12,377 954
June ’13 12,371 954
May ’13 12,364 954
April ’13 12,370 955
March ’13 12,356 951
February ’13 12,345 952
January ’13 12,330 952
December ’12 12,304 948
West
Month Hiring Index Pay Index
December ’13 9,921 1,109
November ’13 9,922 1,111
October ’13 9,927 1,113
September ’13 9,935 1,114
August ’13 9,931 1,119
July ’13 9,944 1,118
June ’13 9,956 1,120
May ’13 9,969 1,121
April ’13 9,983 1,123
March ’13 10,004 1,127
February ’13 10,031 1.128
January ’13 10,046 1,129
December ’12 10,077 1,124

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