Table 1 
Business or organization expectations over the next three months, fourth quarter of 2023 and first quarter of 2024 

Business or organization expectations over the next three months, fourth quarter of 2023 and first quarter of 2024
Increase – Expected change, fourth quarter of 2023Stay about the same – Expected change, fourth quarter of 2023Decrease – Expected change, fourth quarter of 2023Not applicable – Expected change, fourth quarter of 2023Increase – Expected change, first quarter of 2024Stay about the same – Expected change, first quarter of 2024Decrease – Expected change, first quarter of 2024Not applicable – Expected change, first quarter of 2024
  % of businesses% of businesses% of businesses% of businesses% of businesses% of businesses% of businesses% of businesses
Number of employees 10.5 78.5 11.0 0.0 11.1 82.9 6.0 0.0
Vacant positions 5.5 55.1 7.8 31.6 4.8 53.5 6.4 35.4
Sales of goods and services offered by the business or organization 15.7 59.9 21.0 3.4 17.8 63.1 15.3 3.8
Selling price of goods and services offered by the business or organization 23.6 65.4 7.2 3.7 25.2 63.9 6.3 4.5
Demand for products and services offered by the business or organization 17.9 60.9 21.2 0.0 20.0 65.7 14.3 0.0
Profitability 9.0 52.5 36.1 2.7 11.2 54.4 31.8 2.6
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