WASHINGTON, July 31 U.S. small businesses
narrowly expanded their payrolls in July, according to survey
results that may point to a slowdown in hiring across the
Small business owners added only 0.01 worker per firm during
the month, down from 0.05 worker per firm in June, the National
Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) said on Thursday.
The U.S. Labor Department is due on Friday to release its
employment report for July, which is expected to show 232,000
new jobs added to payrolls in July, down from 288,000 in June.
The U.S. unemployment rate is seen holding steady at 6.1 percent
Small businesses have now been adding workers for 10
straight months, the longest stretch of gains since 2006, NFIB
The NFIB survey was based on the responses from 1,645 small
(Reporting by Moriah Costa, editing by G Crosse)