The Megaphone of Main Street Small Business Jobs Report

Infographic # 1: Small Businesses and Employment

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Small businesses employ almost half of all workers in the United States and have been responsible for much of the economic recovery (through hiring) since the 2008 recession.

SCORE’s latest infographic explores small business hiring challenges.

This infographic highlights the findings of part 1 of The Megaphone of Main Street Small Jobs Report

Hiring is Becoming More Challenging:

  • 55.5% of small business owners said it was more difficult to fill their hiring needs in the past six months than it had been previously.
  • 27.3% of small business owners surveyed said they had job openings in the past six months that they could not fill.
  • 51.3% of business owners cited an inability to find qualified applicants as their greatest hiring challenge.

What specific issues are making hiring so difficult right now?

  • 51.3% cannot find qualified applicants (skills/expertise)
  • 26.2% need to raise salary/wages to be competitive
  • 21.9% do not offer healthcare benefits
  • 18.2% say it’s too time-consuming to hire qualified workers
  • 12.9% need to offer other benefits (apart from healthcare) to attract workers
  • 8.9% said their candidates did not pass drug-testing requirements
  • 6.6% said company location not desirable to candidates

Where did small business owners look for qualified workers?

  • 19% of small business owners relied on personal referrals from workers.
  • 17% relied on referrals from other business owners during the hiring process.
  • 15% used job posting sites.


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