'Reluctant to hire'

Jim Brown, state director of National Federation of Independent Business/Tennessee, issued the following statement related to the October national jobs numbers (171,000 jobs added for the month) and based on NFIB’s soon-to-be-released monthly economic survey:

“Many small businesses in Tennessee are reluctant to hire because they believe the federal government is actively working against them," Brown (pictured) said. "Until that changes, our members are telling us they’re likely to remain in idle or reverse.”

The NFIB survey was conducted in October and reflects the responses of 2,029 sampled NFIB members. It will be released on Tuesday, Nov. 12.