Monthly Archives: February 2011

Rising Small Business Optimism Points To Strengthened Spending, Hiring In 2011

February 18, 2011 The outlook for small businesses, which historically account for two-thirds of new hires, continues to brighten, with the small business optimism index rising in January for the fifth time in six months. Though well below its peak in late 2003, the index reading is on par with pre-recession levels in 2007. Renewed […]

Severe Weather Stalls January Job Growth; Concerns for Still-Fragile Employment Recovery Persist

February 10, 2011 Severe winter storms across much of the country in January caused work stoppages for hundreds of thousands of individuals, negatively impacting employment growth for the month. Total nonfarm payrolls increased by just 36,000 jobs, reflecting a 72 percent decline from the average over the previous three months. Absent weather issues, job creation […]