The annual Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity indicated a small decline in new business startups in 2012.
The report said about 514,000 new businesses a month were created nationally in 2012, compared to 543,000 a month in 2011.
That meant about 0.30 percent of American adults started a business last year, compared to 0.32 percent the year before.
“While a stronger economy is good for business growth, it also means the unemployed find jobs instead of starting firms,” explained Dane Stangler, director of research at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
According to the survey, business creation hit a high when the labor market was weakest because of the Great Recession.