Rose Colored Stats

Having tried everything else to lure talent, more owners are resorting to plain old raises. A National Federation of Independent Business survey of 2,625 members in February found only 18% expect to hike pay in the next three months, close to what they've said every month for three years. But a net 31% actually boosted employee pay over the past three months, and that figure hasn't changed much either. Sounds like optimism is warping their memory. But they'll snap out of it fast when they go recruiting. Nearly half the firms looking to hire report finding few or no qualified applicants.

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