Record optimism? Chase survey finds business owners have higher hopes than pre-pandemic

What pandemic? What economic downturn? What hiring crisis?

The heads of medium-sized businesses not only said they are optimistic about the next six months — they said so in record numbers.

At least, that was the opinion in JPMorgan Chase’s 2021 Business Leaders Outlook Pulse survey, which was released this week.

Nearly 9 in 10 business leaders (88%) are optimistic about their company’s performance for the next six months, the highest percentage recorded in 11 years of the survey, and up from 56% one year ago, at the height of the pandemic in the U.S.

Survey participants are also feeling confident about the industry they’re in: 82% are optimistic about their industry’s performance, a significant jump from 45% a year ago.

This rising confidence extends to the broader economy, as well. Three-quarters of respondents are optimistic about the local (76%) and national economy (75%), each representing an increase of at…

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