Share of U.S. small businesses planning higher pay nears record

A SURVEY FOUND THAT 26% of U.S. small-business owners plan to increase pay in coming months . / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT
A SURVEY FOUND THAT 26% of U.S. small-business owners plan to increase pay in coming months . / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT
WASHINGTON – As a tight labor market makes filling positions more difficult, 26% of U.S. small-business owners plan to increase pay in coming months, the most since a record in 1989, according to a National Federation of Independent Business report out Thursday. The November survey showed finding qualified workers remains the biggest challenge for respondents.…

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