The study, conducted by employment agency
The study counted new, established businesses, which is defined as economic activity associated with a specific location. As such, if a chain of pizza parlors is established, each location counts as a new business establishment.
The study found between 115,000 and 210,000 net new private business establishments were opened each year from 2001 to 2007.
In the ensuing post-recession years the numbers have diminished. The number of new establishments "hasn't approached 100,000 per year since the [economic] downturn," the study released Thursday said.
"The number of private-sector business establishments grew just 2 percent from 2009 to 2012 after growing 12 percent from 2001 to 2007," said
The study ranked
The states on the low end of the list include
The state with the worst post-recession track record,
The biggest losses were in construction, finance and insurance and real estate, which declined by 16 percent, 9 percent and 7 percent, respectively.
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