Jan 31, 201211:56 AMBlog

Scorecard shows hiring down, optimism up

Jan 31, 2012 - 11:56 AM
2012 began with month-over-month hiring down 0.2 percent and paycheck size remaining flat, according to Surepayroll's Small Business Scorecard for January.

The report also showed small business optimism increasing to 65 percent, compared to 63 percent during December. The all-time low was 33 percent recorded during September. "It's frustrating to see us shift back into neutral," said Michael Alter, SurePayroll president and CEO. "There was a lot of excitement heading into 2012. We were finally starting to accelerate - there was a lot of optimism about the future. To see this shift is frustrating, but like small business owners, I'm still hopeful because one month doesn't make a year.  We just need the right opportunities for growth."

He also said that uncertainty about Greece and the euro, the U.S. economy not growing as much as previously thought and gridlock in Washington have put the brakes on the small business economy.
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