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Survey: family businesses now hiring

For the first time since November 2008, the U.S. has seen two consecutive months in which the number of job openings has been at or above 3 million. And according to a new survey completed by Family Enterprise USA (FEUSA), family business owners are a major contributor to this positive news.

As part of its Annual Family Business Survey, FEUSA asked family business owners in the U.S. about their likelihood of hiring and retaining employees in the next 12 months. Fifty-two percent of respondents plan to add additional employees, and 42% intend to keep their current staff numbers despite an overall sluggish recovery.

“Overall, business-owning families are more concerned about long-term sustainability than short-term gains,” said Ann Kinkade, President of FEUSA. “This type of thinking is part of the reason why family businesses will likely lead our nation’s economic recovery.

Family Enterprise USA (www.familyenterpriseusa.org)  is a nonprofit membership organization whose overall efforts include: defining the family business sector, emphasizing its impact on the national economy, highlighting its commitment to local communities, drawing attention to philanthropic efforts, and underscoring the threats the sector faces and the need for America to help foster the continued success of America’s largest employer.


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