Our SurePayroll Small Business Scorecard showed hiring slightly down, and the average paycheck up for the third consecutive month. Small business owners’ optimism for the future sits at 57 percent, roughly where we’ve seen it over the last several months.

In our survey, we found that four in five small business owners are not planning raises to make up for the recent 2 percent payroll tax increase. Read over our Scorecard infographic for more on the small business economy.

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The SurePayroll Hiring and Paychecks Indices

National Results

Month Hiring Index Pay Index
January ’13 11,564 944
December ’12 11,576 938
November ’12 11,584 937
October ’12 11,601 937
September ’12 11,608 939
August ’12 11,629 939
July ’12 11,640 941
June ’12 11,644 942
May ’12 11,668 941
April ’12 11,675 942
March ’12 11,687 945
February ’12 11,711 945
January ’12 11,707 947

Regional Results

Midwest 

Month Hiring Index Pay Index
January ’13 10,932 945
December ’12 10,951 938
November ’12 10,960 936
October ’12 10,976 933
September ’12 10,992 931
August ’12 11,023 926
July ’12 11,044 921
June ’12 11,056 919
May ’12 11,089 915
April ’12 11,098 914
March ’12 11,117 917
February ’12 11,142 918
January ’12 11,138 920

Northeast 

Month Hiring Index Pay Index
January ’13 11,728 932
December ’12 11,771 923
November ’12 11,809 924
October ’12 11,842 927
September ’12 11,872 932
August ’12 11,892 935
July ’12 11,910 940
June ’12 11,914 945
May ’12 11,935 946
April ’12 11,938 951
March ’12 11,950 956
February ’12 11,977 958
January ’12 11,976 963

South

Month Hiring Index Pay Index
January ’13 12,330 952
December ’12 12,304 948
November ’12 12,269 949
October ’12 12,257 948
September ’12 12,223 949
August ’12 12,220 948
July ’12 12,195 955
June ’12 12,169 956
May ’12 12,170 954
April ’12 12,150 954
March ’12 12,134 956
February ’12 12,137 954
January ’12 12,099 956

West

Month Hiring Index Pay Index
January ’13 10,046 1,129
December ’12 10,077 1,124
November ’12 10,115 1,122
October ’12 10,155 1,122
September ’12 10,189 1,125
August ’12 10,233 1,126
July ’12 10,274 1,126
June ’12 10,310 1,129
May ’12 10,360 1,128
April ’12 10,407 1,128
March ’12 10,450 1,129
February ’12 10,495 1,128
January ’12 10,534 1,128

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