Lack of small-business funding continues to stifle economic growth

01/10/2012 | Slate

A recent report from three economists shows that the economy is still lagging because banks aren't lending money to the small businesses that need it. Because about half of all jobs in the U.S. are with firms with 500 employees or less, and those companies typically don't have the wherewithal to drum up aggressive financial support, the banks that refuse to work with them are impeding the progress of a significant portion of the economy.

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