From the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB): July 2019 Report: Small Business Optimism Index
The Optimism Index rose 1.4 points to 104.7, an exceptional reading. Seven of the 10 components advanced, two fell, and one was unchanged.
Job creation slowed in July, falling to an average addition of 0.12 workers per firm on average. Finding qualified workers is becoming increasingly difficult with a 46-year record high of 26 percent reporting finding qualified workers as their number one problem.
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This graph shows the small business optimism index since 1986.
The index increased to 104.7 in July.
Note: Usually small business owners complain about taxes and regulations (currently 2nd and 3rd on the “Single Most Important Problem” list). However, during the recession, “poor sales” was the top problem. Now the difficulty of finding qualified workers is the top problem.