It seems as though small businesses, particularly those in the
construction industry, are having a tough time catching a break
when it comes to fulfilling work force needs. Not only is impending
immigration legislation threatening to make hiring foreign workers
more difficult but small-business growth in general appears to be
A study conducted by SurePayroll, a small-business payroll
company based in Skokie, Ill., shows hiring among small businesses
(those with fewer than 100 employees) increased only 0.3 percent
during 2005 compared with 4.4 percent during 2004.
But even if a small business can fill its employment needs, the
price will be steep. The U.S. Department of Labor says average
hourly wages climbed 0.3 percent to $16.34. But many companies are
willing to do whatever it takes to ensure they have a...
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