June 13, 2024

Small Businesses Buck Hiring Challenges Despite Economic Uncertainty

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Easing of Small Business Hiring Challenges Indicates Continued Economic Strength

Small businesses across the country are experiencing relief in their hiring challenges, thanks to recent data from the CBIZ Small Business Employment Index. The index shows a seasonally adjusted increase of 0.17% in February, indicating that small businesses are continuing to expand their workforce despite high interest rates and other economic conditions.

One of the main challenges faced by small businesses when it comes to hiring and retaining employees is their inability to offer competitive salaries or benefits such as health insurance. However, according to Anna Rathbun, chief investment officer at CBIZ, the unexpected strength of the U.S. economy is reflected in the steady growth of small business hiring. In February, 20% of companies in the index increased their staff while 60% maintained their current headcounts and 20% reduced staff numbers.

Different industries are experiencing varying levels of hiring activity, with sectors like administrative and support services, arts, entertainment, and technology and life sciences seeing gains while industries such as accommodation and food services, insurance, and utilities reported decreases in hiring. Regionally, the West, Southeast, and Central regions saw slight increases in hiring while the Northeast region experienced a slight decline due to regional variation in hiring trends that reflect diverse economic landscapes across the country.

Small businesses’ positive hiring trend mirrors that of larger companies as U.S employers added 275,000 jobs in February which exceeded expectations despite high interest rates among other economic conditions. This growth in job numbers is a testament to the resilience of

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