Latest data released by NFIB - 13 April 2021

US small businesses saw optimism grow as the index climbs to a four-month high in anticipation of stronger sales and expansion opportunities in the months ahead.

NFIB notes that:

"Main Street is doing better as state and local restrictions are eased, but finding qualified labour is a critical issue for small businesses nationwide. However, owners remain determined to hire workers and grow their business."

Despite the more positive headline reading, the uncertainty index did increase to 81 - a three-month high - and is up from 75 (lowest since April last year) in February.