Small businesses are an economic pillar in the United States. Businesses with fewer than 500 employees account for two-thirds of net new jobs in the U.S. and generate 44% of economic activity nationwide, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Though small businesses in the U.S. were hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, with an estimated one-third closing either temporarily or permanently since early 2020, American entrepreneurs appear undeterred.
From January 2021 through January 2022, over 5.8 million applications for new businesses were filed, according to Business Formation Statistics from the U.S Census Bureau - or 1,772 for every 100,000 Americans.
Oklahoma accounted for 62,351 of all new business applications filed nationwide over the same period, the 22nd fewest among states. Adjusting for population, however, there were 1,576 applications for every 100,000 people in Oklahoma, lower than the national average and the 23rd highest among states.
Oklahoma saw the most applications submitted in January 2021, at 5,565, while February 2021 marked a low point over the period with just 4,407 new business applications. It is important to note that not all new business applications result in the creation of a new business, and only about 80% of new businesses last for more than a year.
RankStateNew business applications per 100,000 peopleTotal new business applications, Jan. 2021-Jan. 20221Wyoming6,39537,0142Delaware4,97348,4273Georgia3,291349,4264Florida3,183683,6805Nevada2,38473,4306Mississippi2,34769,8567Louisiana2,308107,2928Utah2,13968,5799Colorado2,098120,83010Maryland2,050123,92111South Carolina2,016103,78112New Jersey1,998177,50613Montana1,94220,76114Texas1,850536,30115North Carolina1,785187,22916Idaho1,73230,95217New York1,730336,51018Arizona1,693123,24519Illinois1,686213,60120Virginia1,658141,51421Alabama1,65381,07122Michigan1,627162,47823Oklahoma1,57662,35124Tennessee1,488101,63125Missouri1,48891,32626Arkansas1,48144,69527Hawaii1,47220,83928Connecticut1,43751,21729Ohio1,428166,93830California1,425563,10231Indiana1,39393,78632Pennsylvania1,335170,93433Washington1,321100,56734Vermont1,3048,13835Oregon1,27853,90036New Mexico1,27426,72137Minnesota1,24270,03338South Dakota1,24010,97239Wisconsin1,20970,39240Alaska1,2068,82641Massachusetts1,19081,99142Rhode Island1,16512,34143Kentucky1,14551,15144Kansas1,13933,17345North Dakota1,1328,62646New Hampshire1,09414,87647Maine1,08814,62648Nebraska1,07820,85549Iowa1,01832,13150West Virginia80514,435
via Oklahoma's Center Square News