Small Business Center
Small business owners are looking at the future and it isn’t good. The National Federation for Independent Business, an advocacy group, reported today that the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index dropped 3.6 points in June to 89.5, well below the average score of 98 set over the last 48 years. It’s the sixth month in a row for a grim outlook, each month worse than the next.
Just over a third of small business owners said inflation remained their largest problem, a peak figure not seen since May of 1980. “As inflation continues to dominate business decisions, small business owners’ expectations for better business conditions have reached a new low,” NFIB chief economist Bill Dunkelberg said. “On top of the immediate challenges facing small business owners, including inflation and worker shortages, the outlook for economic policy is not encouraging either, as policy talks have shifted to tax increases and more regulations.”
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For more data on capital expenditures, inventory figures, compensation and credit availability, read NFIB’s press release.