A Masarati car dealership in Manhattan. Car dealerships are a hot bed of hiring. Photo/psteinberg
ROSELAND, N.J.—In a sign that the economy cooled in April, private-sector franchise jobs in the United States increased by only 15,600 during the month. Franchise jobs had an unusually soft month in April, matching the same monthly growth rate of small business hirings of 0.2%. Franchise hirings typically exceed small business monthly rates.