Small business employment grows 2.28%

Based on the number of employees and contractors paid, small businesses grew 2.2%, according to SurePayroll, which aggregates data for more than 10,000 customers on a quarterly basis. This means that the pace of recovery slowed slightly; in the prior quarter-over-quarter numbers, from Q4 2003 to Q1 2004, small business headcount had grown at the slightly higher rate of 2.28%.