United States Nfib Business Optimism Index  1975-2018 | Data | Chart

The NFIB's Index of Small Business Optimism in the US rose to 106.9 in January of 2018 from 104.9 in December, beating market forecasts of 106.2. Improvements were seen in plans to make capital outlays (+2); raise inventories (+4); current job openings (+3) and actual earnings trend (+11, the highest level since 1988). Also, more small business owners expect the economy to improve (+4) and the good time to expand sentiment jumped by 5 to the highest on record. On the other hand, plans to increase employment and expected credit conditions were flat while higher sales (-3) and current inventory (-3) worsened. Small business owners are not only reporting better profits, but they’re also ready to grow and expand. Finding qualified workers now exceeds taxes and regulations as the top concern for small businesses, NFIB President said. In 2017, the average monthly index was 104.8, the strongest reading on record amid expectations of better economic policies from Washington. NFIB Business Optimism Index in the United States averaged 98.03 Index Points from 1975 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 107.70 Index Points in July of 1983 and a record low of 80.10 Index Points in April of 1980.

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United States Business Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Business Confidence 59.10 59.30 77.50 29.40 Index Points [+]
Manufacturing PMI 55.90 55.50 57.90 50.70 [+]
Non Manufacturing PMI 59.90 56.00 62.00 37.60 [+]
Services PMI 55.90 53.30 61.00 49.30 Index Points [+]
Composite Pmi 55.90 53.80 61.00 50.00 Index Points [+]
Industrial Production 3.70 3.40 62.00 -33.70 percent [+]
Industrial Production Mom -0.10 0.40 16.60 -10.40 percent [+]
Manufacturing Production 1.80 2.10 67.90 -39.40 percent [+]
Capacity Utilization 77.50 77.70 89.40 66.70 percent [+]
Durable Goods Orders 2.90 1.70 22.10 -17.90 percent [+]
Durable Goods Orders Ex Defense 2.20 1.50 24.80 -18.60 percent [+]
Durable Goods Orders Ex Transportation 0.60 0.30 7.50 -6.80 percent [+]
Factory Orders Ex Transportation 0.70 1.10 4.60 -7.30 percent [+]
New Orders 498229.00 488114.00 565232.00 223500.00 USD Million [+]
Factory Orders 1.70 1.70 10.20 -9.40 percent [+]
Business Inventories 0.40 0.40 1.30 -2.00 percent [+]
Changes in Inventories 9.17 38.51 132.20 -206.10 USD Billion [+]
Wholesale Inventories 0.40 0.60 2.10 -2.00 percent [+]
Bankruptcies 23157.00 23109.00 82446.00 19695.00 Companies [+]
Corporate Profits 1738.20 1643.80 1741.40 14.40 USD Billion [+]
NFIB Business Optimism Index 106.90 104.90 107.70 80.10 Index Points [+]
Philadelphia Fed Manufacturing Index 25.80 22.20 58.50 -57.90 Index Points [+]
Richmond Fed Manufacturing Index 14.00 20.00 30.00 -44.00 Index Points [+]
Ism New York Index 72.50 56.30 88.80 23.40 percent [+]
NY Empire State Manufacturing Index 13.10 17.70 39.00 -35.10 Index Points [+]
Dallas Fed Manufacturing Index 33.40 29.70 46.60 -59.50 Index Points [+]
Chicago Fed National Activity Index 0.27 0.11 2.74 -5.13 [+]
Chicago Pmi 65.70 67.80 81.00 20.70 Index Points [+]
Total Vehicle Sales 17.12 17.90 21.77 9.05 Million [+]
Car Production 2.89 2.78 9.92 1.29 Million Units [+]
Car Registrations 475.17 477.61 1149.00 331.50 Thousand [+]
Crude Oil Stocks Change -1.62 1.84 14.42 -15.22 BBL/1Million [+]
Natural Gas Stocks Change -124.00 -194.00 147.00 -359.00 Billion cf [+]
Gasoline Stocks Change 261.00 3599.00 11456.00 -8428.00 Thousand Barrels [+]
Leading Economic Index 184.16 184.12 184.16 70.21 Index Points [+]
Internet Speed 18747.58 17235.62 18747.58 3609.31 KBps [+]
IP Addresses 128949703.00 127873899.00 146874246.00 89399946.00 IP [+]
Crude Oil Rigs 798.00 791.00 1609.00 98.00 [+]
API Crude Oil Stock Change -0.91 3.95 14.30 -12.40 BBL/1Million [+]
Competitiveness Index 5.85 5.70 5.85 5.42 Points [+]
Competitiveness Rank 2.00 3.00 7.00 1.00 [+]
Corruption Index 74.00 76.00 78.00 71.00 Points [+]
Corruption Rank 18.00 16.00 24.00 14.00 [+]
Ease of Doing Business 6.00 8.00 8.00 4.00 [+]
Steel Production 6760.00 6709.00 11951.00 3799.00 Thousand Tonnes [+]
Mining Production 8.80 11.40 108.20 -28.80 percent [+]


United States Nfib Business Optimism Index

NFIB Small Business Optimism Index is a composite of ten seasonally adjusted components calculated based on the answers of around 620 NFIB members. This questions include: plans to increase employment, plans to make capital outlays, plans to increase inventories, expect economy to improve, expect real sales higher, current inventory, current job openings, expected credit conditions, now a good time to expand, and earnings trend. This page provides - United States Nfib Business Optimism Index - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. United States Nfib Business Optimism Index - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on February of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
106.90 104.90 107.70 80.10 1975 - 2018 Index Points Monthly
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