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Survey says hiring is up, but paychecks are down in the small-business world.

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Small businesses hired more people in 2004, but paid them less, according to the Small Business Scorecard compiled by SurePayroll, a Skokie, Illinois, payroll service.

To generate the data, SurePayroll polled its over 14,000 small-business customers across the country. Small businesses reported having 4.4 percent more employees last year. However, the average paycheck declined 4.8 percent. For detailed information on each region, see the "What's the Score?" chart below.

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