displayComments:true! Small business firings outpace hirings for first time this year, holding back economic recovery LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS – Small businesses lost more jobs than they added in May, according to the NFIB. It’s the first time that has happened all year. Jun 06, 2013 09:30 AM EDT The Washington Post Small business lending and optimism are on the rise, according to several recent reports. Small business hiring — not so much.