Despite high interest rates, the US economy has shown unexpected strength in recent months. This is evident in the latest report from the CBIZ Small Business Employment Index, which reported a seasonally adjusted increase of 0.17% in February. The index tracks hiring trends among thousands of companies with 300 or fewer employees across the country, indicating that small businesses are steadily expanding their workforce despite challenges such as wage increases and benefit offerings.

Small businesses often struggle to retain workers due to their limited resources and competitive pressure. According to Anna Rathbun, CBIZ’s chief investment officer, this is particularly true in the current high interest rate environment, where it can be difficult for small businesses to attract and retain top talent. However, the CBIZ Index shows that some industries are more resilient than others when it comes to employment growth.

For example, sectors such as administrative and support services, arts, entertainment and recreation, and technology and life sciences reported hiring gains in February, while industries such as lodging and food services, insurance and utilities saw declines. Additionally, certain regions fared better than others – the West, Southeast and Central regions saw a slight increase in employment growth while the Northeast region saw a slight decline.

Overall, these trends suggest that although small businesses face challenges when it comes to retaining workers and growing their operations in a competitive marketplace with high interest rates, they continue to adapt and innovate in order to stay afloat.

By Samantha Johnson

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