Reuters (03/02/12) Jason Lange
Hiring at small U.S. companies rose in February as the number of companies laying off employees declined to its lowest level since 2007. However, companies scaled back plans to hire employees, according to a poll by the National Federation of Independent Business. NFIB reported on March 2 that companies in its survey added an average 0.04 jobs in February. The reading was flat in January. Overall, 9% of companies added jobs in February.