Signs of Small Business Hiring Woes Easing Amid Strong Economy

Despite facing challenges in retaining workers due to their limited ability to offer higher salaries and benefits like health insurance, the CBIZ Small Business Employment Index reported a slight increase in hiring for small businesses in February. The unexpected strength of the U.S. economy is evident in the steady expansion of small business workforces, with 20% of companies adding more staff, 60% making no changes, and 20% reducing their staff.

The index tracks hiring among thousands of companies with 300 or fewer employees across the country. According to Anna Rathbun, the chief investment officer of CBIZ, this positive trend reflects the overall strength of the U.S. economy, which has been performing well even in the face of high interest rates. Certain industries saw more hiring gains than others, including administrative and support services, arts, entertainment, and recreation, and technology and life sciences. On the other hand, industries like accommodation and food services, insurance, and utilities experienced decreases in hiring. Regionally, the West, Southeast, and Central regions saw slight increases in hiring while the Northeast region saw a slight decline.

The positive hiring trends for small businesses mirror the broader job market in the U.S., with employers adding 275

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