Small businesses with 10 or less employees are indicating frustration in the wake of the government shutdown. An overwhelming 90 percent of respondents said their concerns are not being heard on Capitol Hill. Two-thirds would not vote for their representatives in Congress if the mid-term elections were held today.

Expectations are dropping as well, as only 27 percent now expect to exceed the previous quarter’s results, and only 38 percent plan to make new investments in their business during the fourth quarter (see more in our infographic below).

Daniel Lieber of Wakefield, Mass. explained things this way:

The stability of government and related functions (security, stable currency, consistent enforcement of regulation) is critical to identifying business opportunities and managing a very small business. Instability slows the turnover of money in the economy thus reducing overall spending by businesses, consumers, and others. Our priority is to provide meaningful value to our customers and staff while also having the means to provide reasonable returns to our investors and community.”

As concerns linger over health care and the debt ceiling, hiring dropped slightly in October and the average paycheck was flat. For the full story, read our SurePayroll Small Business Scorecard infographic:

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The SurePayroll Hiring and Paychecks Indices 

National Results
Month Hiring Index Pay Index
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
November ’12 11,584 937
October ’12 11,601 937
Regional Results
Midwest 
Month Hiring Index Pay Index
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
November ’12 10,960 936
October ’12 10,976 933
Northeast 
Month Hiring Index Pay Index
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
November ’12 11,809 924
October ’12 11,842 927
South
Month Hiring Index Pay Index
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
November ’12 12,269 949
October ’12 12,257 948
West
Month Hiring Index Pay Index
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
November ’12 10,115 1,122
October ’12 10,155 1,122

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