Report: Businesses’ plans for hiring reaches record high as economy surges


Corporate America wants to hire workers aggressively as the US economy races back to life following the pandemic.

The Business Roundtable, an influential lobbying group comprised of top US executives, said Wednesday that its CEO economic outlook index has climbed to the second-highest level on record, behind only early 2018 when the Trump tax cuts were enacted.

Companies are even more eager to hire workers today than they were following that tax windfall. The influential executive group said the sub-index measuring CEOs’ plans for hiring surged to a record high during the second quarter.

Some companies, including manufacturers and restaurants, have complained of a shortage of workers. The United States has a record number of job openings, which totaled 9.3 million as of April.

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Business leaders also have ramped up their plans for capital spending and…

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