According to the National Federation of Independent Business’ monthly jobs report, 51 percent of small-business owners reported hiring or trying to hire in January. Small employers have plans to fill open positions, with a net 17 percent (seasonally adjusted) planning to create new jobs in the next three months. 

Brad Jones, NFIB state director in Missouri, said, “The survey reports that nearly 20 percent of our small-business owners are planning on hiring more employees here in Missouri. That’s great news. The only downside is that our small-business owners are having a hard time finding qualified workers to fill those jobs.” 

Finding qualified labor remains a problem for small-business owners. Ninety percent of those hiring or trying to hire reported few or no “qualified” applicants for the positions they were trying to fill in January, down two points from December. Twenty-six percent of owners reported few qualified applicants for their open positions, and 20 percent reported none.

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