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Holding Pattern

So far this year, small-business hiring has been on pause.

This story appears in the September 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

The bad news about small-business hiring this year is that it has been going nowhere. The good news is, the year isn't over.

"It's almost as if small businesses [hit] the pause button," says Michael Alter, president of Skokie, Illinois, payroll service firm SurePayroll Inc. "They're holding to see what happens in the economy."

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