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For small business owners, the recession continues

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(Read caption) Former Senator Blanche Lincoln, chair of Small Businesses for Sensible Regulations, speaks at forum sponsored by National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and Politico in this November 2011 file photo in Washington.

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September was another month of low expectations and pessimism for the small-business community, with the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index losing 0.1 points and falling to 92.8. The recession-level reading was pulled down by a deterioration in labor market indicators, with job creation plans plunging 6 points, job openings falling one point and more firms reporting decreases in employment than those reporting increases in employment.

The survey shows that key elements that will be needed for small businesses to, once again, help pull us out of a recession are just not improving:

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