Nineteen percent of business owners surveyed reported difficulty in filling some job openings, while 12 percent reported using temporary workers.
Dunkelberg also partially blamed upcoming health care regulations for setbacks.
“It certainly doesn't help that the endless stream of delays and capitulations of certain provisions of the health care law adds to the uncertainty felt by owners. Until growth returns to the small-business half of the economy, it will be hard to generate meaningful economic growth and job creation,” he said.
The monthly report is based on the responses of 663 businesses in the federation's membership.