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Small business owners are getting burned out making hiring and firing decisions while cash flow is weak and uncertainty reigns.
The figures suggest employers have rehired roughly all the workers they can afford to after laying off more than 22 million.
Cards are usually cheaper than checks. Unless there's a dispute.
Two pandemic programs briefly expired. It could have meant billions in lost relief for one week — but it didn't.
Seasonal gains in temporary jobs are behind last year's pace.
When they're ready to start hiring, businesses have to consider costs and legal issues.
Before the virus struck, applications typically numbered around 225,000 a week before shooting up to 6.9 million in early spring.
Direct payments in the range of $600 and extra unemployment benefits around $300 per week are on the table.