Owners expect lower sales and worse business conditions in the coming months, reflected in the NFIB’s declining optimism index.
And the percentage of owners expecting better conditions fell to the lowest level since November 2013, the NFIB finds.
Just 3% say they're feeling bullish enough to borrow money, despite interest rates near historic lows.
A survey from the NFIB finds optimism at pre-pandemic levels, but not necessarily for businesses in the service sector like restaurants and retail shops.
"Without a robust small business economy, we can’t envision any kind of meaningful recovery," one expert says.
Each month, the National Federation of Independent Business asks its members questions about how easy it is to find and hire workers. And the latest responses indicate small business hiring is up, but that it’s also harder than ever for those employers to find people to fill the jobs they have available. So what options […]