The Delta Variant Has Hurt Colorado’s Business Optimism, But It’s Not The Only Concern

Business leaders have struggled to figure out the next phase of the pandemic, leading to large swings in confidence levels, the index shows. People were feeling good as COVID-19 case counts fell and vaccinations became widely available during the summer, but that optimism was premature, Brian Lewandowski, executive director of CU’s Leeds Business Research Division, said during a conference call.

“It looked like we were sort of through the worst of it and we’re really not … and I think these businesses are reflecting on that as well as new concerns that are popping up,” Lewandowski said.

Supply-chain issues have dogged businesses from apparel makers to electronics manufacturers since the pandemic started — and appear to be getting worse. Roughly three-quarters of respondents to the CU survey reported disruptions in their supply chains, with 22 percent classifying those disruptions as significant.

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