Tuesday, February 10, 2015

NFIB: Small Business Optimism Index Decreased in January

by Bill McBride on 2/10/2015 09:01:00 AM

From the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB): SMALL BUSINESS OPTIMISM FALLS, BUT STILL IN NORMAL ZONE

The Small Business Optimism Index fell 2.5 points to 97.9, giving back the December gain that took the Index over 100. Still, the Index indicates that the small business sector is operating in a somewhat “normal” zone.

The percent of owners reporting job creation fell 4 percentage points to a net 5 percent of owners, still a solid number. ... Twenty-six percent of all owners reported job openings they could not fill in the current period, up 1 point and a very solid reading. ...
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Labor costs continue to put pressure on the bottom line but energy prices are down a lot. Two percent reported reduced worker compensation and 25 percent reported raising compensation, yielding a seasonally adjusted net 25 percent reporting higher compensation, unchanged from December.
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Small Business Optimism Index Click on graph for larger image.

This graph shows the small business optimism index since 1986.

The index decreased to 97.9 in January from 100.4 in December.