The most recent Intuit Payroll Small Business Index for October revealed that, despite a downward trend nationwide, Arizona small businesses increased hiring for the second consecutive month.
The nationwide figure decreased by 0.05 percent, while Arizona saw a 0.13 percent increase. Overall, small businesses in the United States created 10,000 fewer jobs.
The decline in nationwide figures began in May. Small businesses added 150,000 from the beginning of March 2010 until the end of May 2012
The total recovery amounts to 85,000 jobs after a decrease of 65,000 jobs since May.