Local business owners are generally positive about their own prospects for the coming year… but less optimistic about the outlook for the rest of Sangamon County.
A new survey from the University of Illinois Springfield finds about 40-percent expect the local job picture to stay the same… while just over 30-percent expect at least modest job growth in the next 12 months, and just under 30-percent expect at least small declines.
The state of Illinois’s ongoing fiscal problems are also weighing heavily on the minds of local business owners. 80-percent say the state’s budget crisis will have a negative impact on their own bottom line in the coming year.
The local health-care sector is the most optimistic about their own growth in the next 12 months, while employers in the education sector have the least positive outlook.