Divining the Future of Small Business Hiring

Attempts to gauge the health of the small business economy often contradict each other. A recent report predicts headcount cuts. Photograph by Tim Macpherson/Gallery Stock

Small business owners are bummed about the future, according to a closely watched confidence index by the National Federation of Independent Business. Today’s report shows respondents cut by an average of 0.1 workers per business in June, and only a net 3 percent plan to increase headcount over the next three months, the largest drop in a year.

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