Entrepreneurial Optimism Rising Slowly

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The latest data from the Small Business Economic Trends research being done by the NFIB Research Foundation shows optimism slowly moving in the right direction.

The uptick is reflected by a fifth consecutive month of job creation as owners combined to add 0.13 worker per firm. More than half (55 percent) reported that they had either hired or tried to hire new workers.

Nearly one in three small business owners reported current job openings that they could not fill in the current period – with 13 percent pointing to the quality of the labor force as their largest challenge.

That total was far off the pace from the top of the list. Nearly half of the list cited taxes (23 percent) or government requirements (23 percent) as the single biggest problem.

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