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Brightening Outlook: Colorado Business Confidence on the Rise as Inflation and Recession Concerns Ease

BySamantha Jones

Apr 2, 2024
Colorado’s business confidence sees first positive shift in 2 years

Business confidence in Colorado is on the rise as concerns over inflation and recession ease, according to a survey conducted by the University of Colorado Boulder. This marks the first positive outlook in two years, with 178 panelists surveyed reporting positive expectations for the national and state economies, industry sales, profits, hiring plans, and capital expenditure.

Colorado business leaders showed more optimism about the outlook for their state economy, scoring 54.1 compared to the U.S. economy’s score of 51. The highest level of optimism was seen in industry sales with a score of 57.9. The index for hiring plans also rose from 45.3 in the first quarter to 50.1 in the second and third quarters, indicating increased spending and hiring due to business optimism.

Although inflation remains a concern with consumer prices up 3.5% year-over-year in the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood area in January, it is expected to stay above 3% this year despite initial forecasts predicting a mild recession due to higher interest rates from the Federal Reserve. Despite this, job growth remained strong in Colorado with 72,700 jobs added in 2023, representing a growth rate of 2.5%.

This surge in confidence among Colorado business leaders could lead to increased investment and job creation as they feel more comfortable making decisions that could drive economic growth in their state

By Samantha Jones

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