Small business hiring slows slightly in June

BUSINESSES KEEP HIRING: Small businesses slowed their pace of hiring in June, adding 25,000 jobs, but nonetheless continued their trend of slow but steady hiring, according to a survey released Monday by software maker Intuit. The gain followed increases of 35,000 in April and May.

WORKING MORE, MAKING MORE: The average hours worked by hourly employees rose 0.7 percent to the equivalent of 108.9 hours, up from 108.2 in May. Employees' average monthly pay rose 0.5 percent. Intuit compiled its number from data posted online by its small business customers.

NOT EVERYONE BENEFITS: Of the 36 states where Intuit tracks employment trends, 10 had job gains and 25 had losses. Employment was flat in one state.

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