Small business optimism strong

The National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) Small Business Optimism Index remained basically unchanged in December, drifting down 0.4 points to 104.4, according to the report released recently.

Unfilled jobs and the lack of qualified applicants continue to be a primary driver, with job openings setting a record high and job creation plans strengthening.

State-specific data is unavailable, but NFIB State Director Dawn Starns said, “Some of our members say finding good applicants is one of the toughest challenges they’re facing heading into 2019.”


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