Payroll service provider Paychex is seeing signs of improvement in employment at small businesses in the first six months of 2014, although it has also found a slight drop-off in the past two months.

The Paychex | IHS Small Business Jobs Index grew 0.23 percent in the 12 months leading up to June, the company reported Tuesday. While the national index decreased for a second straight month to 101.07, it remains near its record high.

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