What I’m Reading Wednesday: Where are the workers?

June 4, 2014By

A survey released last month by the National Federation of Independent Businesses indicates small business optimism is improving, but the levels are still not high enough to show the economy is expanding. “Small Business Optimism Improves, But Don’t Get Too Excited” NFIB The NFIB Index of Small Business Optimism increased 1.8 points from last month to 95.2. This is the... read more

What I’m Reading Wednesday: Labor outlook, email marketing and optimism

January 22, 2014By

Happy hump day, LM readers! Here’s this week’s line-up of helpful articles for your reading pleasure. “Occupational Outlook Handbook: Grounds Maintenance Workers” BLS.gov A PLANET tweet tipped me off to the latest figures about landscape industry employment from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The agency says, “Employment of grounds maintenance workers is projected to grow 13 percent from 2012 to... read more

Small business confidence sputters, NFIB says

July 9, 2013By

Small business optimism remained in tepid territory in June, as the National Federation of Independent Business’ (NFIB’s) monthly Small Business Optimism Index dropped just under a point (0.9) and landed at 93.5, effectively ending any hope of a revival in confidence among job creators. Six of the ten Index components fell, two rose and two were unchanged. While job creation... read more

Small business growth slowed in March, NFIB Index shows

April 9, 2013By

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) has reported that three months of sustained growth has ended with the March NFIB Index of Small Business Optimism. Figures show the March Index declined 1.3 points, landing at 89.5. In the 44 months of economic expansion since the beginning of July 2009, the Index has averaged 90.7, putting the March reading below... read more