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Small Business Optimism Index Declines in January

The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index declined to 101.2, 3.2 points below December’s reading. This is the lowest reading since the last three weeks of November 2016, when the index experienced a seven-point boost from 95 to 102 following the announcement of the election results. Twenty percent of business owners surveyed said the next three months was a good time ...

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Small Business Optimism Index Steady in December

The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index held steady at 104.4, 0.4 points below November’s reading. The December reading continues to hover near August’s record high of 108.8. Twenty-four percent of business owners surveyed said the next three months was a good time to expand, five point lower than last month’s reading. Reported job creation strengthened, as 60 percent of businesses ...

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Small Business Optimism Slipped in August

The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index fell 0.2 points in August to 94.4. Five of the ten index components posted gains, while four declined. Labor market conditions remained weak, as only 56% of small business owners reported hiring or trying to hire, up 3 points from July. Forty-eight percent of employers reported few or no qualified applicants for the positions ...

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Small Business Optimism Slowed in May

The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index increased 0.2 points in May, rising to 93.8. Four of the ten components posted gains on the month, while four declined. The entire gain in the index was due to a 5 point increase in Expected Business Conditions which remains 9 points below its year ago level. Labor market conditions improved as 56 percent ...

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Small Business Optimism Increased Slightly in December

The NFIB small business optimism index rose 0.4 points to 95.2 in December. Six of the ten index components posted a gain on the month, while three components posted declines. Labor market conditions weakened slightly, as the average employment gain per firm fell from 0.01 workers in November to -0.07 in December. Fifty-five percent of business owners reported hiring or ...

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