Small businesses post largest jobs gains in two years

Small businesses post largest jobs gains in two years



Source: The Washington Post

By: J.D. Harrison

Photo Credit: Gregory Bull/AP – Construction and manufacturing companies helped generate the nation’s highest job gains in a year in December.

Many economists warned that the government shutdown would have an immediate and lasting impact on small business hiring across the country.

Immediate, yes. But lasting? Apparently not.

Small business owners rebounded from a dismal showing in October to close out the year with their two highest hiring totals of 2013, according to the latest jobs report from payroll processing firm ADP. In December, employers with fewer than 50 workers added 108,000 jobs, up from 102,000 in November and well above the 37,000 positions they added the month before, during which the federal government closed for more than two weeks.

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