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The South remains the strongest region for small business job growth, while growth was most consistent in the Northeast. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Workers at small businesses ended 2019 with earnings growth at an “all-time high,” according to the Paychex-IHS Markit Small Business Employment Watch for December.

The number of hours worked at small businesses last month had the strongest gains since 2012, pushing weekly earnings growth to 4.13 percent, a new all-time high for employees of small businesses, according to the report. The pace of small business employment growth remains consistent, with the national jobs index increasing slightly (0.06 percent) in December to 98.16.

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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.

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