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America’s CEOs feel confident in the country’s current economic situation.

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Despite facing various challenges such as the pandemic, supply-chain disruptions, and multiple wars, CEOs in America are feeling more confident about the country’s current economic situation. However, it’s important to note that there is still turmoil. Wars in places like Kyiv and Jerusalem, as well as important elections in Washington, D.C., could potentially upset the delicate economic balance that has been achieved. Nevertheless, CEOs remained optimistic about the future.

According to KPMG’s annual CEO Outlook Pulse Survey, 87% of the surveyed CEOs expressed confidence in the United States’ economy. The survey included responses from 100 CEOs who lead companies with at least $500 million in revenue, 70% of which had at least $1 billion. The CEOs’ confidence stemmed from believing they were no longer in perpetual uncertainty.

Many CEOs were feeling more confident because they believed that uncertain times were behind them. This newfound stability allowed them to plan for the future more effectively. The labor market had improved, inflation had decreased, and the interest rate environment had seemed stable until this week. Surprisingly, CEOs had more trust in the U.S. economy than in their own companies, with 78% expressing confidence in the growth prospects of their own companies. In contrast, many CEOs had faith in the U.S. economy.

The U.S. economy has been extremely resilient over the past year, defying many economists’ projections of an imminent recession. This is largely due to the American consumer force, who kept spending even during tough times. As a result, most CEOs are optimistic about the future and expect to increase their organizations’ headcount over the next year. According to a study, 72% of CEOs plan to hire more employees, while only 4% anticipate layoffs.

The current job market is meeting with an incredibly popular business trend: AI. To prepare for future recruitment difficulties like the ones faced in 2021 and 2022, 69% of companies are utilizing generative AI to address workforce gaps, as per the survey. Generative artificial intelligence continues to be perceived as a key element of future business strategies because it can improve productivity and create revenue streams.

Business leaders are investing in training their workers to use generative AI. In the latest survey, 95% of them stated that they are already training their employees on the ethical risks and potential misuse of this technology. More than 80% of CEOs also plan to implement new programs later this year to ensure they are using AI correctly, such as disclosing when content is created with AI. About half of them also plan to use third parties to audit their use of AI.

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Nikolas Anderson
Associate Editor at CEOWORLD Magazine. I report on CEOs, boards, corporate governance, what’s going on inside the world’s biggest companies, and the future of work. Previously, I was Senior Energy Correspondent covering oil and gas companies, G-20 energy policy, and the global transition towards cleaner fuels.