The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index fell 1.6 points from the previous month to 103.1 in August 2019, as fewer owners said they expect better business conditions and real sales volumes in the coming months. Still, job creation accelerated, positive earnings trends improved, and quarter-on-quarter sales gains remained strong. The Uncertainty Index rose 4 points, suggesting that small business owners are reluctant to make major spending commitments. The main impediment to more growth is the record level of no qualified workers. NFIB Business Optimism Index in the United States averaged 98.33 Index Points from 1975 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 108.80 Index Points in August of 2018 and a record low of 80.10 Index Points in April of 1980.
NFIB Business Optimism Index in the United States is expected to be 102.00 Index Points by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate NFIB Business Optimism Index in the United States to stand at 98.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United States Nfib Business Optimism Index is projected to trend around 97.00 Index Points in 2020, according to our econometric models.