Survey: Small business optimism at all-time high but consumer confidence drops

RALEIGH – Small business owners are feeling more optimistic than at any point in the prior 19 years, a new survey from PNC found. But consumers aren’t nearly as excited about the future.

Owners with a higher share of employees reporting they’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are even more optimistic.

The survey, which was conducted throughout the month of August 2021, asked small business owners about the actions taken to encourage or require employee vaccination against COVID-19.

Eight in 10 business owners reported that they’d taken at least one step to encourage–or require–their employees to become fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the study, and 48% reported they’ve required vaccinations against COVID-19.

The survey results indicated 53% of business leaders with fewer than 100 full-time employees have required their employees to receive the vaccine.  But for those businesses with 100 or more…

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