Bill Dunkelberg

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Small business optimism index hovers near record levels, but expectations for future business conditions plunge after Congress fumbles Obamacare repeal. » More
Small business optimism has not faded much and there is growing evidence that this optimism is being translated into more spending and hiring, although not at explosive rates. » More
According to Bill Dunkelberg, NFIB's chief economist, althoughsmall business optimism remains near record highs, a shortage of qualified workers is stunting hiring activity in this sector. » More
The recent growth in small business optimism looks similar to the surge in the Index in 1983, which was followed by years of economic prosperity. » More
Bill Dunkelberg, Chief Economist of the NFIB, reports in December 2016, small business optimism rocketed to its highest level since 2004, with high numbers expecting better business conditions. » More
Bill Dunkelberg, NFIB reports the Index of Small Business Optimism made a substantial gain in November to just above the 42-year average. » More
The fourth quarter of 2016 looks to be weaker as prospects for a “civil” relationship between the Democrats and the Republicans fade regardless of who wins the election. » More
NFIB reports small business owners marginally more optimistic, but won't be hiring or building inventories until something changes in Washington. » More
Optimism hits record low, and small business owners blame the current political climate for declining economic conditions, according to the NFIB. » More
Bill Dunkelberg, Chief Economist of the NFIB, reports most small business owners expect business conditions to worsen in the near future. » More