U.S. Chamber Index: Small Biz Optimism at Record High; Manufacturing Slips

Published this week, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Index reached an all-time high of 70.7 this quarter, up two points from 68.7 last quarter. The survey showed that two-thirds of U.S. small businesses felt good about business health — but manufacturing optimism fell to 63%, down from 69% in Q2. The index found that 32% of manufacturers said they planned to increase staffing in Q3, compared to 39% last quarter. 9/11/2019