1. Tennessee Leads U.S. for Small Business Job Growth

    Tennessee and Georgia are leading the country in job growth among small businesses, according to employment data compiled by one of the nation's biggest payroll processors. Tennessee was the No. 1 state for small business employment growth in January, rising nearly 4.2 percent last month, according to the monthly Paychex -- IHS Small Business Jobs Index released Tuesday. Paychex, which processes about one of every 11 employee pay checks in the United States, ranked Georgia No.

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    1. Tennessee has really been strong over the past three to six months and in our data it looks like construction and other services is driving the growth.
    2. The increase in this month's index tracks with the positive performance of other economic indicators as well as overall business optimism since the presidential election.
    3. Tennessee certainly weathered the storm of the Great Recession better than most states did, and we're doing well ompared with the rest of the country.