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High unemployment rates, which have been cause of increasing concern among
observers who say their stagnation could harm the economic recovery, may be
close to reversing themselves.

And actual hiring could mean more PC purchases, software purchases and services
purchases through IT solution providers as companies look to equip new staff
members.

While private sector employment declined by another 20,000 jobs in February,
according to the ADP National Employment
Report released March 3, the number marked the smallest decline since
employment began falling in February 2008.

That, plus other signs, indicates employment numbers may soon begin to increase
again, according to Joel Prakken, chairman of Macroeconomic Advisors, which
releases the report on a monthly basis together with human resources and
payroll outsourcing firm ADP.

“If the recent trend continues, and given first-quarter GDP
growth of 5.9 percent, private employment could rise next month for the first
time in two years,” he said in a statement.

Small business employment declined by 18,000, large business employment
declined by 10,000 and medium-sized business employment increased by 8,000.

The goods-producing sector lost 37,000 jobs while the service-providing sector
gained 17,000 jobs.

Breaking out small business trends, the ADP
Small Business Report noted that while small business lost a total of 18,000
jobs in February, that total came from 25,000 lost jobs in the goods-producing
sector and 7,000 gained jobs in the service-producing sector.

Prakken noted the small business total marked the smallest decline since April
of 2008, and that the service-sector increase marked the second month that
sector had seen an increase for small business.