Despite the gloomy employment statistics reported by the Labor Department, payroll processors are still seeing increases in hiring by small businesses.

U.S. small businesses increased their staff levels by 0.42 percent in August, representing the best one-month increase in hiring so far this year, according to statistics released by payroll processor SurePayroll. Another payroll processor, ADP, reported an increase of 20,000 jobs within small businesses, coupled with a larger decrease in midsized and large businesses (see Private Sector Lost 33,000 Jobs in August). The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a decrease of 84,000 in the public and private sectors, with unemployment jumping to 6.1 percent, its highest level in five years.

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