Massive job cuts at the nation's largest banks have riveted the industry's attention. But, with little notice, community banks have actually been adding workers.

The number of full-time workers at banks with less than $1 billion in assets last years rose 2.8%, to 625,082, according to an analysis by Ferguson & Co., a Dallas consulting firm. In the past four years, the number of jobs at these institutions has increased 6%.

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