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Business remains tepid for small companies, survey shows

A recent survey by the National Federation of Independent Business suggests optimism among small business owners was low during the month of June.
BY HILLARY MCLAIN Published: July 10, 2013

Small business owners aren't feeling optimistic, according to a recent national survey by National Federation of Independent Business.

The monthly economic index fell in June to 93.5 points, seven points below the average before the 2009 recession, and 14 points below the peak of economic expansion. However, the score is 12 points higher than at the lowest point of the recession, the federation said.

Taxes, regulations and red tape were the top problems for business owners during the month, as 20 percent of those surveyed ranked each as their top problem. Other owners cited weak sales as their top problem, according to the survey.

Insurance worries

Business owners in Oklahoma are wary, said Jerrod Shouse, director of the federation's Oklahoma chapter for the state. State-specific survey information was not available. Small business owners may be worried about upcoming health insurance regulations among other things, Shouse said in a statement.

“The index gave up in June,” after two months of solid gains, the federation's chief economist Bill Dunkelberg said.

Job creation, sales, positive earnings trends and frequency of capital outlays all fell during the month, the survey found.

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