Small business owners’ optimism level about the U.S. small business economy reached 70 percent in March, the first time it’s gone into the 70s since May 2011. According to our Small Business Optimism Survey, this is a 4 percent increase over last month and a 17 percent increase from November and October. Month-over-month hiring in March was down slightly, while wages were flat.

Read more in the 2012 Scorecard press release.

 

2012's Hiring Index and Optimism Meter

Year To Date Changes in Small Business Size and Average Paycheck for Select States as of 2012 29, 2012

 

March 2012 National Small Business Trends

March month-over-month hiring was down 0.2 percent. The average paycheck month-over-month was flat.

SurePayroll Hiring Index SurePayroll Pay Index
March ’12 11,687 945
February ’12 11,711 945
January ’12 11,707 947
December ’11 11,727 947
November ’11 11,751 950
October ’11 11,772 949
September ’11 11,789 951
August ’11 11,810 952
July ’11 11,827 952
June ’11 11,838 954
May ’11 11,840 952
April ’11 11,846 954
March ’11 11,849 955

 

May 2012 Regional Small Business Trends

March’s month-over-month regional outlook shows hiring flat in the South and down slightly in the Midwest, Northeast and West. Month-over-month wages were up in slightly in the South and West, and down slightly in the Midwest and Northeast.

Midwest Results

SurePayroll Hiring Index SurePayroll Pay Index
March ’12 11,117 917
February ’12 11,142 918
January ’12 11,138 920
December ’11 11,161 922
November ’11 11,189 924
October ’11 11,223 925
September ’11 11,239 928
August ’11 11,259 932
July ’11 11,271 937
June ’11 11,282 942
May ’11 11,288 940
April ’11 11,308 943
March ’11 11,325 946

Northeast Results

SurePayroll Hiring Index SurePayroll Pay Index
March ’12 11,950 956
February ’12 11,977 958
January ’12 11,976 963
December ’11 12,003 966
November ’11 12,016 970
October ’11 12,035 969
September ’11 12,062 970
August ’11 12,104 970
July ’11 12,136 970
June ’11 12,164 971
May ’11 12,183 970
April ’11 12,206 972
March ’11 12,225 970

South Results

SurePayroll Hiring Index SurePayroll Pay Index
March ’12 12,134 956
February ’12 12,137 954
January ’12 12,099 956
December ’11 12,093 953
November ’11 12,095 956
October ’11 12,093 955
September ’11 12,082 955
August ’11 12,058 956
July ’11 12,036 950
June ’11 12,004 951
May ’11 11,972 949
April ’11 11,932 950
March ’11 11,888 950

West Results

SurePayroll Hiring Index SurePayroll Pay Index
March ’12 10,450 1,129
February ’12 10,495 1,128
January ’12 10,534 1,128
December ’11 10,581 1,128
November ’11 10,639 1,131
October ’11 10,680 1,129
September ’11 10,728 1,130
August ’11 10,788 1,130
July ’11 10,847 1,133
June ’11 10,901 1,134
May ’11 10,934 1,131
April ’11 10,970 1,135
March ’11 11,012 1,138

 

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