We've Got To Get Our Hands On Some Workers

Will the tight labor market be the Achilles' heel of small business in 2000? A new Small Business Administration study suggests that small companies are squeezing as much as they can out of their existing staff, and this could inhibit their ability to expand in the year ahead. The study, which was based on U.S. Census Bureau data and a special labor-market survey of 752 small companies conducted in September, 1998, by the National Federation of Independent Business, found that 63% of companies hiring had some trouble finding workers.

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