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Small Business Optimism Increased in January

Most of this survey is noise, but there is some information, especially on the labor market and the “Single Most Important Problem”.

From the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB): January 2020 Report

The small business Optimism Index started the New Year … rising 1.6 points to 104.3 in the month of January.
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New job creation jumped in January, with an average addition of 0.49 workers per firm, the highest level since March 2019, rebounding back into strong territory. Finding qualified workers remains the top issue for 26 percent reporting this as their number one problem, 1 point below August’s record high.
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