Optimism among small business owners fell in March, according to a survey by SurePayroll.

Small business owner optimized is now at 69 percent, a 2 percent drop since February 2011. Hiring is down 2.2 percent year-to-date at the smallest businesses, and down 1.5 percent since last March. While large businesses, midsized businesses and even larger small businesses may be seeing improvements in hiring, the smallest of businesses aren’t.

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