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Sunday, September 04, 2011

Survey: Small Business Hiring Plans increased in August

by Calculated Risk on 9/04/2011 11:14:00 AM

Note: This statement was released before the jobs report, and I'd like to focus on some of the details. NFIB’s monthly small business survey for August will be released on Tuesday, September 13, 2011.

From the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB): NFIB Jobs Statement: Job Gains in August? Keep Your Expectations Low

"We wish there was good news to report, but sadly, we will give you more of the same: The prospects for a good jobs report are dim. In August, small-business owners reported job losses averaging .08 workers per firm over the last three months. This follows a loss of .23 workers per firm reported in June and .15 workers per firm in July. The good news is that the trend is moving in the right direction—losses appear to be decreasing—although it doesn’t seem to be moving fast enough to close the employment void we’ve been experiencing for the last several years." [said William C. Dunkelberg, Chief economist for (NFIB)]
While the readings remain historically weak, we can find a grain of encouragement as we look at hiring prospects. Over the next three months, 11 percent plan to increase employment (up 1 point), and 12 percent plan to reduce their workforce (also up 1 point), yielding a seasonally adjusted net 5 percent of owners planning to create new jobs, which is a 3 point improvement over July."
Note: Small businesses have a larger percentage of real estate and retail related companies than the overall economy.

Small Business Hiring Plans Here is a graph of the net hiring plans for the next three months since 1986.

Hiring plans were still low in August, but positive and improving.

It is no surprise that small businesses are struggling due to the high concentration of real estate related companies in the survey. But as Dunkelberg noted, current small business hiring (fewer job losses) and hiring plans are both slowly moving in the right direction.

Summary for Week ending September 2nd (with plenty of graphs)
Schedule for Week of September 4th

Friday on employment:
August Employment Report: 0 Jobs (unchanged), 9.1% Unemployment Rate
Employment Summary, Part Time Workers, and Unemployed over 26 Weeks
Duration of Unemployment, Unemployment by Education and Diffusion Indexes
Employment graph gallery