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Texas Small Business Hiring Nearly Flat in September

September was a grim month for small business hiring, according to findings by financial software company Intuit.

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Intuit Payroll’s latest index says that US small businesses created 40,000 new jobs last month. But the company is preparing to roll out a new model for the index that more accurately reflects revenue numbers.

“My best guess is that small businesses created no jobs in September.”

Economist Susan Woodward, who helped develop both versions of the indicator, says Texas is one of the rare exceptions.

“House prices are recovering in Texas. Unemployment fell a full percentage point in Texas from last year, from 8.1% to 7.1%. That all points to Texas doing better than the other states in terms small business employment, too, because the small business employment right now is being dominated by gains in employment in construction.”

Woodward estimates hiring at Texas small businesses rose less than 0.4% in September compared to August.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

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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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