Small Business Optimism Remains High Amid Positive Economic Outlook
The MetLife & U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Index has dipped slightly this quarter to 69.3 from its record high of 69.9 in Q3, remaining high overall but indicating a pause in the upward trend observed over the past year. Small business owners continue to be increasingly positive about the health of the national and local economy. In line with their growing economic optimism, more than a quarter of businesses say they plan to invest more in their companies and increase their staff in the coming year. However, among those currently searching for new staff, two in three say that it is hard to find candidates in their geographic area with the skills and experience they require.