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Small-business owners’ optimism edges down again

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(Dec. 9, 2015) -- In the quarterly small-business survey conducted Nov. 9-13, the overall index score, which measures small-business owners' optimism, dipped to 54, continuing a downward trend from 59 in the third quarter, 64 in the second quarter and 71 in the first quarter of this year. Read More »

Global joblessness: Gallup explains real number

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(Nov. 19, 2015) -- The reason official unemployment figures appear so low in some of these poorer countries is that so many of the truly unemployed are considered self-employed. In the developing world, the self-employed make up roughly 30 percent of the workforce. Read More »

Americans to spend much more this Christmas

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(Nov. 16, 2015) -- Gallup's November update of Americans' 2015 holiday spending intentions finds adults planning to spend $830 on Christmas gifts this year, on average. That is up sharply from the $720 recorded a year ago, and is significantly higher than what consumers have indicated in any November since 2007. Read More »

Job creation index attains seven-year high

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(Nov. 4, 2015) -- Gallup's U.S. Job Creation Index averaged +32 in October, the sixth month in a row in which the index has held at this level. This is the highest index score since Gallup began measuring employees' perceptions of job creation at their workplaces in 2008. Read More »

U.S. consumer spending rises in October

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(Nov. 2, 2015) -- Americans spent more on average each day in October than in September this year, and the October average is among the highest in 2015 so far, Gallup noted. Spending during the last three Octobers was higher than during previous Octobers going back to 2008. Read More »

Student loan debt major barrier to entrepreneurship

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(Oct. 19, 2015) -- Among those who graduated between 2006 and 2015, 63 percent left college with some amount of student loan debt. Of those, 19 percent say they have delayed starting a business because of their loan debt. That percentage rises to 25 percent for graduates who left with more than $25,000 in student loan debt, researchers discovered. Read More »

Americans more optimistic about job market

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(Sept. 30, 2015) -- The percentage of Americans feeling positive about the U.S. job market -- saying now is a "good time" to find a quality job -- jumped six percentage points in the past month to 45 percent, restoring this figure to the seven-year high it reached in January, Gallup reported. Read More »

U.S. investors value debt-free retirement

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(Sept. 21, 2015) -- More than half of U.S. investors say it is "critical" to be debt-free in retirement, while another third say it is "important, but not critical." Notably, investors who have not retired yet are much more likely than retirees to say being out of debt is critical, Gallup reported today. Read More »

U.S. economic confidence remains lower

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(Sept. 8, 2015) -- While the volatile U.S. stock market has dropped significantly since July, the broad downturn in economic confidence began much earlier this year. The index fell back into negative territory in late February, and therefore does not appear to be a direct result of stock market shifts, Gallup noted. Read More »

Gallup’s Job Creation Index at record high

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(Sept. 2, 2015) -- The index's stability also could indicate that international events that caused recent volatility in the U.S. stock market and likely caused Americans' economic confidence to erode have not had a noticeable effect on the U.S. job market to date. Read More »

Gallup finds telecommuting for work climbs 37%

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(Aug. 19, 2015) -- Workers in the United States say they telecommute from home rather than go into the office about two days per month, on average. Nine percent of workers say they telecommute more than 10 workdays -- meaning at least half of all workdays -- in a typical month. Read More »

Business owners unaware of credit card liability shift

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(Aug. 14, 2015) -- The new set of credit card liability rules for businesses will take effect in October. These rules specify that businesses that do not upgrade to credit card equipment that can read new, chip-enabled credit cards will be liable for fraud and security breaches. Read More »

Consumer spending flat in July

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(Aug. 3, 2015) -- Americans' daily self-reports of spending averaged $91 in July, similar to June and essentially unchanged from monthly figures since April. The latest spending average is slightly lower than the average in July 2014, but higher than every other average for July since 2009. Read More »

Smartphone users still need computers for shopping

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(July 8, 2015) -- Retailers hoping to maximize these impulse dollars are keen on simplifying the process on smartphones, on which people now spend so much of their time. But smartphone-based commerce has a long way to go, even with the youngest generation, as most smartphone users still prefer to browse and make purchases on a computer, Gallup explained. Read More »