The average paycheck size grew 0.1 percent in December, according to payroll processor SurePayroll, although month-over-month hiring dipped 0.1 percent.

Small business owners' optimism dropped to 55 percent, down 5 points from last month, according to SurePayroll’s monthly Small Business Scorecard. In light of the fiscal cliff vote, small businesses are relieved in the short term, but remain concerned about the future.

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