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County agency poll shows companies plan to hire

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More than 75 percent of business leaders who attended the Johnson County Development Corp. annual meeting March 19 said they expect their companies to expand this year. Another 19 percent said they expect business to remain steady.

Also, 40 percent of the respondents to a poll at the meeting said they are likely to hire more employees this year, while 50 percent said their company workforce likely will stay at the same count.

Other poll results included:

  • 67 percent said their businesses saw steady revenue growth in 2013, while 16.7 percent said revenue stayed the same.
  • 73 percent said a proposed increase in the federal minimum wage for workers would not impact hiring or wages at their company, while 27 percent said an increase would have a negative impact.
  • 56 percent said the Affordable Care Act federal health insurance reform law is having a negative impact on their company’s expenses, while 41 percent said the new law is having no impact on their expenses.

The real-time Internet poll was taken during a presentation about local and national economic indicators during the meeting at Dye’s Walk Country Club in Greenwood.

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