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Employment Up Among Small Businesses With Up To 300 Employees, Survey Finds

Written by Ken Gaebler
Published: 1/7/2011

Althoughentrepreneurs continue to remain cautious, small business hiring experiences a small uptick with additional hiring expected throughout the coming year.

Over the past few weeks, news for small businesses has been full of positive indications that 2011 will be a better, brighter and more profitable year.

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According to the December CBIZ Small Business Employment Index, companies with fewer than 300 employees experienced employment growth of 1.54 percent last month, representing the largest percentage increase since June 2010.

Of the 3,099 companies the research surveyed, 29 percent of respondents added employees, while 50.4 percent made no changes, signaling greater employee retention and stability.

"Business demand and sentiment as well as the consumer could still be described as 'fragile.' I expect a number of small business owners to remain cautious toward substantial increases in employee hires over the short term as the country's economic seas have yet to calm completely. Still, this positive trend should gain additional traction," said Philip Noftsinger, business unit president for CBIZ Payroll Services, which sponsored the survey.

Another small business survey by Intuit, which looked at businesses with up to 20 employees, found that employment also increased in December - by 0.3 percent, or 57,000 jobs.

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