The outlook for job growth is looking brighter, according to two surveys released this week.

The CBIZ Small Business Employment Index reports its largest reading of small business hiring trends yet — a record 2.11 percent month-over-month increase in hiring this June. Monthly, CBIZ surveys roughly 4,000 companies employing 300 or fewer people. In June, 33 percent of companies in the index increased staff, 48 percent made no change, and 19 percent decreased headcounts.

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.