June 3, 2016Business optimism in New Brunswick saw little change in May. The current level of 57.0 is slightly below the national average. Short term hiring plans improved slightly, with 20 per cent of business owners planning to hire full-time staff and 9 per cent expecting to cut numbers. Wage costs as well as tax and regulatory costs are—by far—the main cost constraints on small firms.
March 31, 2016New Brunswick’s Business Barometer index lost almost 8 points—the largest drop in its history—to reach 53.2, a touch above the national average.