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PNC Survey Shows Weak Business Optimism

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A PNC survey shows small to mid-sized business owners across the state are less optimistic about doing business than they were six months ago.  The PNC Economic Outlook survey shows 8 percent of business owners intend to add full-time employees.  Nationwide, it’s 16 pecent.

PNC Economist Mekael Teshome says  North Carolina business owners continue to report weak sales and are being extremely cautious.

“There have been a lot of policy changes at the state level in North Carolina.  There have been a lot of policy changes and big question marks at the national level and even at the global level, for the businesses that are international players.  And so, when you combine those three things, it creates a cloud of uncertainty," said Teshome.

Teshome says out of the 151 business owners surveyed across the state, 8% said they would likely take out a new loan in the next six months.  That’s down from 15 percent in the spring, and 17 percent of business owners said they would reduce hiring because of the Affordable Care Act.

Leoneda Inge is WUNC’s race and southern culture reporter, the first public radio journalist in the South to hold such a position. She also is co-host of the podcast Tested and host of the special podcast series, PAULI. Leoneda is the recipient of numerous awards from AP, RTDNA and NABJ. She’s been a reporting fellow in Berlin and Tokyo. You can follow her on Twitter @LeonedaInge.
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