By The Associated Press

SLOWDOWN: Hiring by small businesses slowed to a crawl in November, as many businesses struggled to recover from SuperStorm Sandy.

WORST MONTH OF 2012: Payroll service provider ADP said Wednesday that small businesses added just 19,000 workers last month, the smallest increase this year. By contrast, small businesses added 52,000 workers to their payrolls in October.

OVERALL: The report was part of ADP's overall look at private-sector employment. ADP said companies added 118,000 workers in November, a drop from the previous month's total of 157,000.

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