A survey conducted by the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) found that over half, fifty-one percent of small-business owners in the state of Missouri hired or attempted to hire employees last month to fill vacant positions. In addition, seventeen percent (seasonally adjusted) said they plan to create new jobs within the next few months. Officials say this survey is good news for small-business owners because it shows that most of the state’s small-business owners are on their way back from the devastating impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. They say the only downfall is the state’s small businesses owners are having difficult time finding qualified employees to fill openings. A seasonally adjusted thirty-three percent of all small-business owners reported they had job vacancy’s they could not fill last month and this was a one percent increase from December. The survey found that twenty-eight percent of business owners have openings for skilled employees and twelve percent of them said they have openings for unskilled labor. The report found that finding qualified labor is an ongoing difficulty for small-business owners, with ninety- percent they were hiring or attempting to hire reporting few or no “qualified” applicants for the positions they were attempting to fill last month.