A recent survey found that hiring has dipped to the lowest level in ten years
at the nation's small businesses, which do a bulk of the new hiring, USA Today
The newspaper reports 6 percent of small firms - those with 500 or fewer employees
- plan to hire in the next three months, according to a recent survey from the
National Federation of Independent Business, a trade group. It's the lowest
figure since 1993. Three months ago, 12 percent reported they planned on hiring.
USA Today notes that the 5.8 million small businesses reportedly generate as
much as 75 percent of new jobs.
The financial trouble of larger firms could be trickling down to affect smaller
firms, according to USA Today. When the larger firms pull back on spending and
ordering, the smaller firms feel it.
Economic and political uncertainties impact hiring plans as well, according
to the newspaper. The floundering economy and war in Iraq can make business
owners jittery about adding staff.
Bill Dunkelberg, Chief economist at NFIB, tells the newspaper that poor weather
in February could have affected firms' view on hiring. Despite a war in Iraq
and signs of a shaky economy, hiring should rebound, he says.
"As long as the war stays over there, life goes on here," Dunkelberg