Small Business Optimism Suffers Across-the-Board Declines for 1st Time Since Sept. 2001

By MRCTV, Special for  USDR

The Small Business Optimism Index declined 2.8 points to 95.2 in March as all 10 index components fell for the first time since Sept. 2001, the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) tells  MRCTV.

All 10 components of the economic optimism index have fallen simultaneously only three times since 1986, when NFIB began monthly tracking of the index – the last time was in September of 2001, when the 9/11 terrorist attack rocked the U.S. stock market and economy. The only other time all 10 components fell in a month was November 1991, an NFIB spokeswoman tells  MRCTV.

The March index fell to its lowest level since June 2014. NFIB’s Chief Economist attributes the weakness to government actions to restrict growth – such as its “climate change policies that will crush economic  growth”:

“The government continues to extend its control over the private sector, taking actions to restrict the growth in the energy sector, promulgating policies to support union growth in the small business sector,supporting climate change policies that will crush economic growth, unleashing the EPA to regulate every aspect of business activity and ignoring the issues that are important to small business growth such as tax reform and the regulatory avalanche that diverts the use of capital and owner time to unproductive  activities.”

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