An increase in last month's CBIZ Small Business Employment Index (SBEI) may be sign of positive hiring trends for small employers.

The index, which measures hiring trends for smaller companies (300 or fewer employees) increased by 1.35 percent, continuing upward after an increase of .69 percent in March.

Of the companies, 26.9 percent said they increased employee numbers, and 53.2 percent said their numbers stayed the same. 19.9 percent of the companies surveyed reported a decrease.

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