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Over One-Third of Small Businesses Lost Employees in a Year, and Most See Employees Come and Go, New JPMorgan Chase Institute Data on the Volatility of Payroll Expenses RevealsNew Report Shares Insights from Analysis of 65 million US Small Business Transactions
Washington, D.C. – January 18, 2017 – The JPMorgan Chase Institute released its newest report today on the financial health of small businesses and employment challenges they continue to face. The first-of-its-kind report reveals new information about small business employment growth and the volatility small business owners experience when managing payroll expenses.
“The Ups and Downs of Small Business Employment” reports that most small businesses experience substantial volatility in payroll expenses. Moreover, more than two-thirds (68 percent) of small employer businesses either reduced their number of employees or added less than the equivalent of one full-time employee in a calendar year. The typical small business saw payroll expenses grow by 8.5 percent per year. These payroll expenses were significant for small employer businesses, with the typical owner paying $18,700 in payroll expenses a month, or 18 percent of all outflows for their business. Making their financial situation even more difficult to manage, small businesses with employees had only 18 cash buffer days, compared to 27 cash buffer days for small businesses overall.
“Payroll is a significant expense for employer small businesses and managing it has an impact on not only the health of their business, but also the people they employ,” said Diana Farrell, President and CEO, JPMorgan Chase Institute. “With increased focus on the positive impact small businesses can have on the economy, it’s critical to understand what these new insights mean for job creation and policies that aim to support both small businesses and their employees.”
The Institute analyzed 65 million anonymized transactions from 45,260 small business customer accounts over the nine non-holiday months from February 2015 to October 2015. This unique dataset provides a granular view of payroll growth and volatility and their impact on employment at the individual business level.
Key Findings: The Ups and Downs of Small Business Employment
Read more about the impact of payroll expenses on the financial stability of US small businesses here.
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In the JPMorgan Chase Institute’s latest research report, “Paychecks, Paydays, and the Online Platform Economy: Big Data on Income Volatility”, we dig deeper into the demographics and sources of income volatility, and provide the most in-depth look to date into the size and growth of the Online Platform Economy.
Today, I am pleased to share with you a follow-up research brief that takes a closer look at the growth trajectory of the Online Platform Economy, and what it might mean for the future of this new marketplace for work.
The Online Platform Economy is growing very rapidly, but it is not accelerating. There has been a clear slowdown in the growth rate of active earners on online platforms over the last two years—an important trend that has, until now, gone undetected. Click here to read the full research brief.
I would also like to remind you that on Thursday, March 10th from 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET, we will be hosting a public webinar on the findings from “Paychecks, Paydays, and the Online Platform Economy: Big Data on Income Volatility”. We encourage you to share the attached note with those in your network who might be interested in joining the webinar and reading our latest research brief.
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