Hiring by small businesses across the country slowed ever so slightly in January, according to the most recent data from SurePayroll. However, employers in 12 areas bucked the national trend by adding workers during the month, including seven spots along the East Coast and three cities in a single state. Scroll through to see who topped the hiring list to start 2012.
12. Tampa, Florida: Hiring up 0.2 percent Creative Commons licensed photo from Photomatt28 on Flickr. Buy Photo