Small-Business Optimism Down in Sept. Amid Slow Job Growth

The National Federation of Independent Businesses saw its optimism index drop 0.8 points in September, with lower job openings and planned capital spending holding back growth.

“Small businesses just can’t seem to get out of second gear,” said NFIB chief economist Bill Dunkelberg. “A decline in job openings and capital spending plans were primarily responsible for September’s Index decline. Overall, small business owners are still stuck in a rut that has been difficult to escape. – Read more at


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