EMPLOYERS® National Poll: Nearly Half of Small Businesses Believe America’s Best Days are Behind It

82 percent agree that Washington should get out of the way of small businesses; 59 percent believe the recent healthcare law makes it harder for small businesses to hire more employees

RENO, Nev. – January 19, 2011 – Nearly half (46 percent) of small businesses believe America’s best days are behind it, according to a recent Small Business Opinion Poll conducted by ORC International, commissioned by EMPLOYERS®, America’s small business insurance specialist®. Similarly, small businesses share negative feelings about Washington D.C. with 82 percent agreeing federal government should get out of their way and 72 percent agreeing federal taxation, regulation and legislation make it harder for small businesses to hire more employees.

Though many small business decision-makers are decidedly pessimistic about the U.S. economy and legislation coming out of Washington D.C., they maintain a much more positive outlook about their individual circumstances with 65 percent believing their businesses are headed in the right direction. The EMPLOYERS Small Business Poll also found that only 39 percent of small businesses feel their best days are behind them compared to the 46 percent who believe the national economy’s best days are behind it.

EMPLOYERS Small Business Opinion Poll Snapshot:

About the Small Business Opinion Poll

The study commissioned by EMPLOYERS surveyed 501 owners or managers of small businesses with 1-99 full-time employees. Data was collected through telephone interviews during the period Oct. 6 – Oct. 13, 2011 at the 95 percent confidence level. The sample is stratified across business size and industry grouping, including manufacturing/construction, transportation/ communication, wholesale/retail, financial services, or personal/professional services businesses. The survey was conducted by ORC International, an Infogroup company through their Small Business CARAVAN.

Contact Information

Media Contact: Lauren Meckstroth, The Abbi Agency
(775) 446-4678 or lauren@theabbiagency.com

Company Contact: Mike Paquette
(775) 327-2562 or mpaquette@employers.com

Investor Relations Contact: Adam Prior, The Equity Group, Inc.
(212) 836-9606 or aprior@equityny.com

About Employers Holdings, Inc.

EMPLOYERS® and America’s small business insurance specialist® are registered trademarks of EIG Services, Inc. Employers Holdings, Inc. is a holding company with subsidiaries that are specialty providers of workers’ compensation insurance and services focused on select, small businesses engaged in low-to-medium hazard industries. The Company operates throughout the United States, with the exception of four states that are served exclusively by their state funds. Insurance is offered through Employers Insurance Company of Nevada, Employers Compensation Insurance Company, Employers Preferred Insurance Company, Employers Assurance Company and Cerity Insurance Company, all rated A- (Excellent) by the A.M. Best Company. Not all companies do business in all jurisdictions. See employersstage.wpengine.com and www.cerity.com for coverage availability.