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Big Business Bows to Small Business Increasing Hiring

Chris Yura says it took about six months before he could afford to hire the first employee for the clothing company he started in June 2009. SustainU Clothing now has 20 workers, about half part-time, with plans to hire three more full-time staffers by year-end, he said.

The company, which sells shirts made from recycled cotton and polyester, is among the small businesses behind much of the job creation in the U.S. In addition to its staff, SustainU contracts out most of its garment-making, from spinning thread to cutting fabric and sewing shirts, to about seven factories in the Carolinas, Tennessee and Pennsylvania, supporting another 300 to 400 workers, Yura said.