SurePayroll Small Business Scorecard® Shows Concern on Health Care

  SurePayroll Small Business Scorecard® Shows Concern on Health Care

                   Optimism drops for small business owners

Business Wire

GLENVIEW, Ill. -- October 4, 2013

SurePayroll Inc., a leader in providing online payroll to small businesses
nationwide, today announced results for the September 2013 SurePayroll Small
Business Scorecard^® showing optimism falling to 59 percent, after being as
high as 72 percent last month. Month-over-month hiring was flat in September
and the average paycheck was down 0.4 percent.

As health care reform begins, and in the midst of a government shutdown, 43
percent of small business owners surveyed said understanding the impact of the
Affordable Care Act alone would make them more confident in hiring again.

“The uncertainty caused by the government shutdown serves to further force
small business owners to reconsider any long-term investments or hiring. On
top of that, the only thing that’s certain about health care reform right now
is that it’s causing more uncertainty,” said SurePayroll CEO and President
Michael Alter. “In the meantime, small business owners are not likely to add
more employees or pay their current employees more until they know exactly how
the new health law will affect them.”

While optimism dropped and hiring was flat, 46 percent of small business
owners surveyed said they did better in the third quarter of 2013 than the
third quarter of 2012, and 30 percent said results were the same. Fifty-eight
percent said they matched expectations for the quarter; 13 percent said the
quarter exceeded expectations; and 29 percent said results were below

Year over year, nationwide hiring is down 1.7 percent and paychecks are down
0.1 percent. Year over year, the South is the only region where hiring is up
at 1.3 percent and paychecks there are up 0.7 percent. The West shows a hiring
decline of 2.5 percent, with paychecks down 0.9 percent. Hiring in the Midwest
is down 3.0 percent and paychecks are positive, up 2.0 percent. In the
Northeast, hiring is down 4.1 percent and paychecks are down 2.1 percent.

As the first economic indicator created by a payroll company, the SurePayroll
Scorecard has provided a monthly look at national hiring and paycheck trends
since September 2004. SurePayroll's Scorecard compiles data from small
businesses nationwide, and exclusively reflects the trends affecting the
nation's "micro businesses" — those with an average of eight employees.

The full SurePayroll Small Business Scorecard infographic includes data for
the top 35 MSAs. The September 2013 Scorecard is available now on the
SurePayroll blog.

About SurePayroll

SurePayroll is the trusted provider of easy online payroll services to small
businesses nationwide. Whether a business has 1, 10, or 100 employees,
SurePayroll delivers peace of mind by combining innovative, industry-leading
technology and personalized support from an award-winning, U.S.-based customer
care team. SurePayroll also provides private-label and co-branded services for
accountants and banking partners as well as offering efficient online
solutions for managing 401(k) plans, health insurance, workers' compensation,
employee screening and more. SurePayroll is a wholly owned subsidiary of
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About Paychex

Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ:PAYX) is a leading provider of payroll, human resource,
insurance, and benefits outsourcing solutions for small- to medium-sized
businesses. The company offers comprehensive payroll services, including
payroll processing, payroll tax administration, and employee pay services,
including direct deposit, check signing, and Readychex®. Human resource
services include 401(k) plan recordkeeping, section 125 plans, a professional
employer organization, time and attendance solutions, and other administrative
services for business. A variety of business insurance products, including
group health and workers' compensation, are made available through Paychex
Insurance Agency, Inc. Paychex was founded in 1971. With headquarters in
Rochester, New York, the company has more than 100 offices serving
approximately 570,000 payroll clients as of May 31, 2013. For more information
about Paychex and our products,


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