A record share of U.S. small-business owners said they had unfilled positions in July, and more firms plan to boost wages to attract much-needed help, the National Federation of Independent Business said Thursday. Some 49% of firms had job openings last month, up 3 percentage points from June and the most in monthly data back to 1986, according to the NFIB data. A record 27% of small-business owners said they plan to raise compensation in the next three months.

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