Kauffman Index: Wisconsin near bottom in entrepreneurial activity

The 2012 Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity lists Wisconsin as having one of the lowest rates of entrepreneurial activity in the nation. The report claims that 180 of every 100,000 (0.18%) state residents started businesses in 2012, the fourth-lowest rate in the nation. That compares to a period between 2000 and 2002 when the report showed Wisconsin with 320 of every 100,000 residents (0.32%) starting businesses. It was the second biggest decline over 10 years, behind that of Wyoming.

Nationwide, 300 of every 100,000 adults started businesses in 2012. Only Michigan, Nebraska, and Minnesota ranked lower.