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Layoffs at big companies nationwide are making news -- but not really making a dent in small-biz hiring needs

As a once-robust economy sputters, reports of layoffs have grown as familiar as the daily weather forecast. Among the cutbacks announced and grabbing headlines in recent weeks: 350 dismissed at Barnes & Noble's, 700 canned at eToys, 1,300 slashed at Amazon, 10,000 let go at Lucent, and a staggering 26,000 downsized at DaimlerChrysler. Layoffs in the fourth quarter of 2000 jumped 54% from a year earlier, according to the Labor Dept.'s Burearu of Labor Statistics. This translates to 226,185 pink slips. And that was just at the big companies.

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