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Brunswick Business Journal Staff Report

October 30, 2019 - The latest Paychex Business Sentiment Report shows the sentiment among business owners when it comes to a number of things – most notably overall business outlook and the U.S. economy – is trending up since the last report in July 2018. The report, issued by Paychex is the result of polling 600 randomly selected business owners with 500 employees or less about topics likely impacting their profitability and prospects for growth.


On a scale of 1-100 with 1 representing the highest level of pessimism and 100 representing the peak of optimism, business owners' overall business outlook is up six points since July from 65/100 to 71/100 and their confidence in the U.S. economy is up five points over the same time period to 65/100. A complementary study of the same sample of business owners revealed economic growth is the top issue they're watching heading into November's midterm election.

"While the tight labor market is still making it difficult for some businesses to hire and retain qualified candidates, it's encouraging to see that today's business owners aren't letting that impede their general outlook or ability to grow," said Martin Mucci, Paychex president and CEO. "It will be interesting to see what impact the consistent level of optimism plays in the midterm elections."

The only topic to experience a slight drop compared to July's report is respondents' ability to find new customers, which slipped a single point to 68/100. However, among all topics covered in the survey, business owners' confidence in attracting new business still ranked second only to overall business outlook (71/100).


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