Small business confidence rises, jobs picture upbeat

U.S. small business sentiment bounced back from a seven-month low in November, with owners setting their sights on creating more jobs and expanding operations. The National Federation of Independent Business said on Tuesday its Small Business Optimism Index edged up 0.9 point to 92.5 last month. Eight of the index’s 10 components advanced, with decent gains in job creation plans and the share of business owners saying this is a good time to expand.

    

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