Local small biz hiring down, paychecks up in monthly survey; owners nationwide favor increase in minimum wage
Small business hiring was down 0.5 percent and the size of the average paycheck rose 0.2 percent in the Puget Sound area in February, according to online payroll firm SurePayroll.
The company released the figures Thursday as part of its monthly Small Business Scorecard.
Nationwide, according to the survey, hiring was down 0.1 percent and the average paycheck up 0.1 percent. Small-business owners’ optimism is level at 59 percent, two points higher than last month.
“We continue to see low optimism numbers due to a new wave of uncertainty for small-business owners,” said company CEO and President Michael Alter. “We …