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Executive Summary - September 2015

National Report

This month the TriNet SMBeat employment index is at 201, up 0.5% from last month.


Geographic Trends

GEOGRAPHIC TRENDS - Massachusetts improved the most compared to other selected states across the TriNet population with a September employment index of 387. Across selected metro areas in the TriNet population, Riverside, California had the best month-over-month change at 1.6%.


Industry Trends

INDUSTRY TRENDS - The construction sector enjoyed the highest month-over-month gain of 2.2%, moving the September employment index value to 93.


National Employment Report

This month the TriNet SMBeat employment index increased 0.5%, moving from 200 to 201. Additionally, the index is up 11% compared to the same time last year. The hiring rate index is the same as last month with a value of 68.

The termination rate index decreased in September, moving from 60 to 59. Similarly, voluntary terminations decreased this month with the index seeing a 2% change, moving from 98 to 96. The involuntary termination index is down this month by 2.6%, moving from 39 to 38.

Industry Trends

Industry gains were mixed in September. The construction sector enjoyed the highest month-over-month gain this month of 2.2%, bringing the September employment index value to 93. The information and leisure and hospitality sectors also performed well this month, increasing by 1.8% and 1.3%, moving the indices to 730 and 80, respectively. The chart below details the 10-year trend in industry employment levels.


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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