SMALL BUSINESS SNAPSHOT
Washington, April 17, 2023
As we’ve moved into April, Main Street America continues to face strong economic headwinds on numerous fronts. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) data released last week showed inflation coming in at 5 percent and core CPI, which excludes food and energy, rose .4 percent from the prior month. Suffice it to say, when the target inflation rate is 2 percent, there is nothing to celebrate when the CPI data continues to come in higher, especially at 5 percent. This reality is borne out in data measuring small business sentiment, which shows inflation remains the biggest issue facing business owners’ livelihoods. Additionally, new concerns on the ability of small businesses to obtain adequate and affordable lines of credit. Thanks in part to interest rates rising at the fastest pace since the 1980s, a tool the Federal Reserve has had to use to fight inflation, Main Street America is beginning to worry about their ability to access these loans that are imperative to build and grow their businesses. Worse, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s 1071 rule, which will saddle community lenders with additional regulatory costs, is set to further jeopardize the availability and affordability of loans many of these lenders have given to local small businesses for years. Now more than ever, America’s job creators need a Congress that stands up against the Biden Administration’s disastrous regulatory assault on Main Street.
The below April 2023 Small Business Snapshot features numbers and updates to provide more insight into the current small business economy.
MAIN STREET MEASUREMENTS:
CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (INFLATION)
LABOR FORCE PARTICIPATION RATE
UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS