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Job Growth Crawls for Small Financial Services Firms

TriNet’s SMBeat reports that small financial services companies are still struggling to grow employment with net February job losses in Connecticut and New Jersey of -1.4%.

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. (March 26, 2012) – TriNet’s SMBeat reports that small financial services companies are still struggling to grow employment with net February job losses in Connecticut and New Jersey of -1.4%.  New York firms also saw job losses of -.5% with most other states showing essentially 0% net change.  The only signs of improvement were in Illinois and Texas at +0.7% and +0.1% respectively.  For average financial service salaries, Connecticut leads the way at $129K followed closely by New York at $128K.  Massachusetts and California come next both in the mid-$123K range.

Switching focus to overall employment trends, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics announced the creation of 227,000 new jobs for the US economy in February.  Translated to percentage terms, this represented only a 0.17% increase over January employment levels.  By contrast, TriNet member company employment levels increased 1.2%, nearly sevenfold that of the national average.

TriNet industry sectors adding jobs at a rate above the TriNet average included only Information Technology (+1.6%) this month.

Hiring rates at TriNet companies slid 5.0% down to 3.33% for February.  Total terminations increased 3.1% to 2.13%, split between 1.18% voluntary quits and 0.98% involuntary discharges.  This increase in terminations and decrease in hiring resulted in a slowing job creation rate of 1.20%, down 16.7% from January.

The complete report is available here.

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