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Small-business optimism rises to pre-shutdown levels

The numbers: The index of small-business optimism from the National Federation of Independent Business rose to 105.0 in May. Economists surveyed by Econoday had forecast a 102.0 reading. What happened: Six of ten survey components increased, three were unchanged, and only one fell in May. Nearly two-thirds, or 62%, reported hiring or trying to hire, a 5-point increase from April, but 54% ... Read More »

Optimism among U.S. small businesses rises in July, helped by strong hiring

A measure of U.S. small-business confidence rose in July, boosted by strong hiring and an improving economic outlook, according to a National Federation of Independent Business report released on Tuesday. The group’s Index of Small Business Optimism USOPIN=ECI rose to 105.2 from 103.6 in June. The rise was the index’s first since January. Business owners signaled optimism in their ability ... Read More »