(by John Carney | Breitbart) – The optimism of U.S. small-business owners took a bigger than expected hit in September amid ongoing labor shortages and supply chain disruptions. The National Federation of Independent Business optimism index decreased by 1 point to 99.1, the worst rating since March. The median forecast of analysts polled by Marketwatch was for the index to drop by one-tenth of a point from August’s 100.1. Five of the ten components of the index declined, three improved, and two were unchanged. “Small business owners are doing their best to meet the needs of customers, but are unable to hire workers or […]

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