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As workers navigate through one of the toughest economies and jobmarkets in the nation’s history, they are turning to small businessesin greater numbers.

As workers navigate through one of the toughest economies and job markets in the nation’s history, they are turning to small businesses in greater numbers.

According to a new CareerBuilder survey, one-in-five workers (22 per cent) who were laid off from full-time jobs in the last 12 months and landed new positions found those opportunities with small businesses. Another 59 per cent said they are interested in working for a small business, while others are considering starting a small business of their own.

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, small businesses employ half of all workers in the private sector and furnish half of the private gross domestic product. They also account for most of the nation’s new job creation.

“Small businesses will play a critical role in the rebuilding of the job market,” said Brent Rasmussen, President of CareerBuilder North America. “As drivers of innovation, small businesses will help to re-energize the economy and support recovery efforts. In turn, workers will find that working for a small business can provide a wealth of experience in a variety of roles, a competitive compensation structure, a flexible work environment and more.”

In addition to job growth potential, when asked what most appealed to them about working for small companies, workers pointed to:

• A family-like work environment: 56 per cent;
• More employee recognition: 49 per cent;
• A sense that you can make a difference: 48 per cent;
• An absence of corporate red tape: 46 per cent;

This survey was conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of CareerBuilder.

 
 
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