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NEW YORK (AP) — Small businesses created no jobs last month, according to a survey released Thursday by the National Federation of Independent Business.

The small business advocacy group said the survey of its members shows that small businesses lost an average of 0.05 workers in August. That reading, which NFIB Chief Economist William Dunkelberg called “essentially zero,” showed that business owners remain reluctant to hire because of uncertainty about the economy and the November elections.

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