Employment at small businesses in the U.S. increased in December, although the amount of compensation and the number of hours worked indicated slight declines, according to figures from QuickBooks maker Intuit.

Small business employers added 20,000 jobs in December, for a cumulative total of more than 555,000 jobs since March 2010, according to Intuit. Overall, small business revenues declined 0.19 percent in November.

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