The NFIB small business optimism index in the United States edged down to 95 in January of 2021 from 95.9 in December, a new low since May, mainly due to weaker expectations of business conditions and sales in the short-term. Also, the percent of small-business owners who expect conditions to improve in the next six months dropped to a seven-year low. source: National Federation of Independent Business

NFIB Business Optimism Index in the United States averaged 98.40 points from 1975 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 108.80 points in August of 2018 and a record low of 80.10 points in April of 1980. 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 - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on February of 2021.

NFIB Business Optimism Index in the United States is expected to be 100.00 points by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate NFIB Business Optimism Index in the United States to stand at 99.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United States Nfib Business Optimism Index is projected to trend around 102.00 points in 2022, according to our econometric models.

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United States Nfib Business Optimism Index

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
95.00 95.90 108.80 80.10 1975 - 2021 points Monthly
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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2020-11-10 11:00 AM Oct 104 104 102.2 101.5
2020-12-08 11:00 AM Nov 101.4 104 105
2021-01-12 11:00 AM Dec 95.9 101.4 100.5
2021-02-09 11:00 AM Jan 95 95.9 101
2021-03-09 11:00 AM Feb 95
2021-04-13 10:00 AM Mar
2021-05-11 10:00 AM Apr
2021-06-08 10:00 AM May


News Stream
US Small Businesses Become More Pessimistic
The NFIB small business optimism index in the United States edged down to 95 in January of 2021 from 95.9 in December, a new low since May, mainly due to weaker expectations of business conditions and sales in the short-term. Also, the percent of small-business owners who expect conditions to improve in the next six months dropped to a seven-year low.
2021-02-09
US Small Business Morale Falls to 7-Month Low
The NFIB small business optimism index in the United States fell to 95.6 in December of 2020, the lowest since May and compared to 101.4 in the previous month. This month’s drop is one of the largest as the outlook of sales and business conditions in 2021 deteriorated sizably. Small businesses are concerned about new economic policy in the new administration and a further spread of COVID-19 that is causing renewed government-mandated business closures across the nation.
2021-01-12
US Small Business Optimism Deteriorates in November
The NFIB small business optimism index in the United States fell to 101.4 in November 2020, from 104.0 in the previous month, as small business owners continued to face major uncertainties, including the Covid-19 crisis and the upcoming Georgia runoff election. At the same time, the gauge for small business uncertainty declined 8 points to 90, following the outcome of the US presidential election. Both indexes remained well above their historical averages.
2020-12-08
US Small Business Optimism Remains Strong
The NFIB Business Optimism Index in the United States was unchanged at 104 in October of 2020, the same as in the previous month and above forecasts of 102.2. The index remained at levels not seen since February, before the coronavirus pandemic and above the long-term average of 98.4. However, the NFIB uncertainty index increased five points to 98, reaching the highest reading since November of 2016, due to the elections (data was collected prior to Election Day) and the Covid-19 pandemic.
2020-11-10

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.