Wed. Jun 19th, 2024
Small Business Owners Face Increasing Uncertainty

In May, small business optimism reached its highest levels of the year, according to a monthly survey from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index rose by almost a full point to 90.5, exceeding the expectations of economists surveyed by the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswire. Despite this increase in optimism, uncertainty also surged to its highest levels since 2020, with more small business owners expressing uncertainty or not knowing how to answer survey questions.

Despite historically low optimism among small business owners for 29 consecutive months, with their views on future business conditions at the lowest levels seen in 50 years, inflation remained the top concern for small businesses in May. According to the survey, 28% of owners raised prices, particularly in the retail sector.

Although the percentage of owners planning to hire reached a peak for the year, there was a decrease in the number of business owners raising or planning to raise wages. Despite this, more owners reported increasing their capital investments, reflecting a six-month trend of higher small business spending.

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