Access to Credit Hampers Hiring

CHICAGO, IL - Even with the economy on the mend, many small businesses are still feeling the pinch of the recession. A new survey from CareerBuilder reveals that 34 percent of small businesses (organizations with 500 employees or less) do not think or are unsure if their companies will be able to access the credit needed in 2010. Also, 15 percent of small businesses said that an inability to access credit this year will prevent them from adding headcount. The survey was conducted between November 5 and November 23, 2009, among more than 1,450 small businesses.

As the economy faltered and credit was more difficult to obtain in 2009, small businesses faced tough challenges. Seventeen percent of small businesses reported they were unable to access the credit needed to support their businesses in 2009, while more than one-quarter (26 percent) of those companies who could not obtain credit were unable to add employees. On a positive note, of those companies who were able to access credit last year, 73 percent were able to hire new employees.

"While small businesses were hit hard during this recession, they will play a vital role as the economy bounces back," said Brent Rasmussen, President of CareerBuilder North America. "After past recessions, small businesses re-energized the economy by driving innovation and putting people back to work. The majority of small businesses we talked to say they are confident they will not lose their businesses in 2010, and many are hopeful that they will be able to add staff to support their bottom lines and remain competitive."

While small businesses are cautiously optimistic as they begin the new year, they are still preparing to face some hurdles. When asked what their organization's top challenges would be for 2010, small businesses reported the following:

Cost of health insurance – 42 percent
Marketing expenses and building awareness – 26 percent
Attracting and hiring top talent – 22 percent
Government regulations – 21 percent
Gaining access to credit – 11 percent

This survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Interactive© on behalf of CareerBuilder.com among 1,481 U.S. small business employers(employed full-time; not self-employed; non-government) ages 18 and over between November 5 and November 23, 2009 (percentages for some questions are based on a subset, based on their responses to certain questions). With a pure probability sample of 1,481 one could say with a 95 percent probability that the overall results have a sampling error of +/- 2.55 percentage points. Sampling error for data from sub-samples is higher and varies.

CareerBuilder is the global leader in human capital solutions, helping companies target and attract their most important asset – their people. Its online career site, CareerBuilder.com®, is the largest in the United States with more than 23 million unique visitors, 1 million jobs and 32 million resumes. CareerBuilder works with the world's top employers, providing resources for everything from employment branding and data analysis. More than 9,000 websites, including 140 newspapers and broadband portals such as MSN and AOL, feature CareerBuilder's proprietary job search technology on their career sites. Owned by Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI), Tribune Company, The McClatchy Company (NYSE: MNI) and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), CareerBuilder and its subsidiaries operate in the United States, Europe, Canada and Asia.

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