The first quarter of 2020 showed an increase in both the CIRT Sentiment Index and Design Index. The CIRT Sentiment Index grew from 57.6 in the fourth quarter of 2019 to 63.6 in the first quarter of 2020. Higher index scores suggest broadened optimism across participating firms going into 2020. This quarter’s current issues questions polled CIRT membership on a variety of key internal metrics, including backlogs, firm capacity and hiring goals. The survey also captured open responses on challenges facing each company in 2020.
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