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Small Businesses Added 18,000 New Jobs in June

Intuit Small Business Employment Index Shows Steady Increase in Wages with Hours Worked Slightly Up

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Jun. 29, 2010 – Small business employment grew by 0.09 percent in June, equating to a 1.10 percent annual growth rate, according to the latest Intuit Inc. (Nasdaq: INTU; @intuit) Small Business Employment Index.

This translates to approximately 18,000 new jobs in June and a revised estimate of 330,000 total new jobs since October 2009.  Intuit released the monthly report, based on figures from the country’s smallest businesses that use Intuit Online Payroll.

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The Intuit Small Business Employment Index shows increasing employment since October of 2009, reversing a downward trend that dates back to 2007. The employment index reflects data from approximately 57,000 small business employers who use Intuit Online Payroll. The month-to-month changes are seasonally-adjusted and informative about the overall economy. The National Employment Index is from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

"Employment rose, but the rise was at a slower rate for June than for previous months," said Dr. Susan Woodward, the nationally-recognized economist who worked with Intuit to create the index. "At this point in a recovery, the labor market is still sufficiently slack that small businesses should still be hiring vigorously. They are hiring, but not as fast as in the first quarter."

Increase in Both Compensation and Hours Worked

The data also shows a continued increase in compensation per worker. Compensation grew by 0.3 percent in June and is now $2,577 per month, compared to a revised estimate of $2,570 per month in May.

Monthly hours worked increased by 0.05 percent in June to 103.5 hours, compared to a revised estimate of 103.4 hours in May. This translates to wages of about $30,900 per year for all employees and a 23.5-hour week for hourly employees.

"Hours worked per employee continue to rise, but at a slower rate than we would like," Woodward said. "On the bright side, monthly compensation per employee continues to rise at about the same rate as for the last five months. We do not see the same slowing in compensation as in employment or hours worked."

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Small Business Employee Monthly Compensation for all employees shows compensation rising in June 2010, after being primarily flat since the fall of 2008. This data includes the compensation paid by small business owners to themselves. The levels reflect data from approximately 232,600 employees of the Intuit Online Payroll customer set of 57,000 businesses, and are not necessarily representative of all small business employees. The month-to-month changes are seasonally-adjusted and informative about the overall economy.

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Small Business Employee Monthly Hours Worked for hourly employees are up in June 2010 after a decline of 0.1 percent in May 2010. The levels reflect data from approximately 145,300 hourly employees of the Intuit Online Payroll customer set of approximately 57,000 businesses, and are not necessarily representative of all small businesses. However, the month-to-month changes reflect what is shown in Federal employment data for small businesses when there are corresponding time ranges leading us to believe that they are informative about the overall economy.

About the Index

The Intuit Small Business Employment Index is based on aggregate and anonymous online employment data from approximately 57,000 small business employers each with fewer than 20 employees. These small businesses use Intuit Online Payroll from Intuit, the No. 1 provider of payroll software with more than 1 million customers. These smallest employers are important to the economy as they comprise 87 percent of the total U.S. private employer base and employ nearly 20 million people. More information is available at:  www.intuitinc.com/payrollindex.

Intuit reports data for three categories: small business employment, compensation and hours worked. Intuit will analyze and publish the data at the beginning of each month. As with the government data, there may be revisions to the Intuit index numbers. These revisions are partly due to calculations using the latest month of new Intuit data. These calculations include re-computing seasonal factors and the moving average process used to obtain the curve, which can change the values for previously reported months. Changes to the data are also due to revisions to the government employment data, which is used to calculate the Intuit index.

While the Intuit Small Business Employment Index offers macroeconomic insight about the economy generally, it does not indicate or represent changes in Intuit’s business results for any period.

The Index data reflects monthly employment activity in small businesses, and is adjusted to account for changes in Intuit’s Online Payroll customer base. The percent change is measured monthly using the change in employment for existing Intuit Online Payroll customers from one month to the next. The set of customers changes each month so the measurement is the change, for each pair of months, for customers who are present in both the earlier and the later month.

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About Intuit Inc.

Intuit Inc. is a leading provider of business and financial management solutions for small and mid-sized businesses; financial institutions, including banks and credit unions; consumers and accounting professionals. Its flagship products and services, including QuickBooks®, Quicken® and TurboTax®, simplify small business management and payroll processing, personal finance, and tax preparation and filing. ProSeries® and Lacerte® are Intuit's leading tax preparation offerings for professional accountants.  Intuit Financial Services provides enhanced online banking solutions and unique insights to help banks and credit unions serve businesses and consumers with innovative solutions.

Founded in 1983, Intuit had annual revenue of $3.1 billion in its fiscal year 2009. The company has approximately 7,800 employees with major offices in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, India and other locations. More information can be found at www.intuit.com.

Intuit and the Intuit logo, among others, are registered trademarks and/or registered service marks of Intuit Inc. in the United States and other countries. Intuit Small Business Payroll Index is copyrighted by Intuit. Its contents may not be resold or modified in any way. It can be linked to and referenced with the following attribution: "Intuit Small Business Employment Index © Intuit Inc. All rights reserved." These Terms of Use supplement the Small Business Website Terms of Service at: http://smallbusiness.intuit.com/small-business/legal/index.jsp?_requestid=178246.

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