Small Business Hiring Flat In June

June was a tough month for small business hiring across the country. Houston small businesses didn't do much better.


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Small business hiring in Houston was flat in June compared to May. That’s according SurePayroll’s Small Business Scorecard, an economic indicator that tracks the health of the U.S. small business economy. Nationwide, small business hiring dropped by 0.2%.

For the same period, paychecks at Houston small businesses rose nearly 1.5%. Paychecks were nearly flat nationwide.

Michael Alter is CEO and president of SurePayroll.

“There’s a lot of uncertainty right now in the economy in terms of what’s going to happen over the next six to twelve months. Taking on new workers is a big responsibility, and if I can get by and get the little bit of growth that I’m going to get in my business with my existing workforce, that’s a much easier, less risky move.”

A related SurePayroll survey found optimism among small business owners down slightly from May. The majority of respondents expressed concern over turmoil in Europe and slow growth in the U.S..

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media’s coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media’s business reporter, covering the oil...

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