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Executive Summary - January 2016

National Report

NATIONAL EMPLOYMENT REPORT -
This month the TriNet SMBeat employment index is at 463, up 2.2% from last month.

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Geographic Trends

GEOGRAPHIC TRENDS - Massachusetts improved the most compared to other selected states across the TriNet population with an employment index of 699 in January. Across selected metro areas in the TriNet population, the Los Angeles, CA area had the best month-over-month change at 3.8%.

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Industry Trends

INDUSTRY TRENDS - The construction sector enjoyed the highest month-over-month gain at 3.4%, moving the employment index value to 120 in January.

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SMBeat Special Feature

SMBeat Special Feature

This month, we delve into retirement savings behavior across the workforce. There are many factors contributing to employer-sponsored retirement savings plan participation rates. Most noteworthy in this data are substantial changes to millennials’ retirement savings activity over the past few years. We further examine the retirement savings trends by age, marital status and company matching opportunities across the TriNet population.

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National Employment Report

This month the TriNet SMBeat employment index increased 2.2%, moving from 453 to 463. Additionally, the index is up 25.5% compared to the same time last year. The hiring rate index is the same as last month with a value of 79.

The termination rate index decreased in January, moving from 65 to 64. Similarly, voluntary terminations decreased this month with the index moving from 109 to 105, a 3.7% change. The involuntary termination index is down this month, moving from 40 to 38—a 5% change.


Industry Trends

Industry gains were mixed in January. The construction sector enjoyed the highest month-over-month gain this month at 3.4%, bringing the employment index value to 120 in January. The transportation and warehousing and information sectors also performed well this month increasing by 3.4% and 2.7%, moving the indices to 210 and 2937, respectively. The chart below details the 10-year trend in industry employment levels.




Appendix

Industry NAICS Codes

Ag-Mining-Utilities 11-22
Construction 23
Manufacturing 31-33
Wholesale Trade 42
Retail Trade 44-45
Transportation-Warehousing 48-49
Information 51
Financial Activities 52-53
Prof. & Business Svcs. 54-56
Edu. & Health Svcs. 61-62
Leisure & Hospitality 71-72
Other Svcs. 81-92

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