Patriot Software Publishes Data-driven Small Business Payroll Index

Patriot Software, a national accounting and payroll software company, has released its Small Business Payroll Index, which will be published monthly. This index represents the monthly percentage change in the number of workers who were added to or removed from Patriot’s payroll software.

“I love this index report because it gives me a super simple visual of the rate at which U.S. small businesses are either adding or eliminating workers,” says Patriot Software’s CEO, Mike Kappel. “Having been a small business employer for over 35 years, I know that increases or decreases in employees at a small business are a great indicator of the health of that small business. So, being able to get a pulse on over 56,000 small businesses across the USA provides a clear picture of what’s really going on out there.”

Patriot collects this data through its payroll services. There are 56,000 small and medium-sized companies and 215,100 W-2 and 1099 workers included in this dataset. 

Patriot Software's Small Business Payroll Index: Chart showing percentage change of workers with a payroll based on Patriot's customers' workers who were added to or removed from payroll.

Patriot’s new Small Business Payroll Index focuses solely on small and medium-sized businesses. The report shows employment growth between 2020 and 2024, with a significant dip taking place at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since mid-2022, the graph indicates that small businesses experienced sporadic reductions in their number of workers. 

Kappel states, “When I look at the last 18 months, I can easily see that small businesses eliminated workers from their payrolls in nine of those months. This tells me that these small businesses are struggling and in some cases contracting more than they are growing. Of course, this bothers me, which is why I can’t wait to see what January 2024 ends up looking like. I pray that it will be positive, but I’m concerned that it might be negative.”

Patriot’s Payroll Index methodology looks at small and medium-sized employers across all 50 states who are currently using Patriot Software to pay their workers. The data is not designed to predict, project, or clarify economic shifts in the United States. For more information, view the Small Business Payroll Index here


About Patriot Software:

Patriot Software offers cloud-based accounting, payroll, HR, and time and attendance solutions designed to help American businesses with up to 500 employees simplify their administrative tasks. Patriot Software is disrupting the accounting and payroll industry by eliminating complex processes and steep learning curves with its intuitive software. Patriot Software is dedicated to providing USA-based customer service and development, serving tens of thousands of businesses nationwide since 2002.

For more information, please contact:

Patriot Software, LLC
Rachel Blakely-Gray