The Sunny Days Before the Virus

The latest data from a monthly survey of small businesses comes as a jarring reminder of what life was like back in the halcyon days of . . . March. On Thursday the National Federation of Independent Business will release last month’s polling of 627 of its members. A majority of the responses, the NFIB says, arrived before the coronavirus clampdown.

Fifty-four percent of the surveyed companies said they were hiring, or trying to hire, and 24% said their No. 1 problem was finding qualified workers. Overall, 35% of the businesses…

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