A small-business sentiment survey released Tuesday stated that small businesses in Kentucky felt "somewhat positive" in April 2015, placing them 12th nationwide.
Jon Lieber, chief economist of Thumbtack, a company that matches professionals with those needing help on projects at home and elsewhere, said the survey captures the feelings of more than 10,000 small service providers nationwide every month. The survey includes 736 responses over two years in Kentucky.
Kentucky's part of the survey quoted an anonymous vehicle detailer in Nicholasville complaining about not being able to "find workers to do late-night or cold day jobs" because they would rather rely on government benefits that don't require them to work.
Other problems cited by business owners included poor sales, uncertain economic conditions, competition from big business or overseas, and access to credit.
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However, the survey said that sentiment among Kentucky small businesses has improved in the past year.