The U.S. economy is improving and unemployment rates are nearly back to pre-recessionlevels.

This economic upswing has intensified an already competitivelabor market where job vacancies and the inability to hire quicklycan have negative business impacts, such as lostproductivity and lower-quality work.

Although many factors motivate job seekers, small businesses mayespecially feel the labor pinch because they likely can't competewith big-business perks and benefits.

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