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New Business Formation

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In 1996, more than 170,000 new businesses were formed in the U.S., up 1.4% from the previous year. The increase, however, was not uniformly distributed. In fact, the number of regions experiencing declines nearly equaled the number that saw gains. Regional variations may reflect the disparate influences of economic shocks and disturbances.


Suggested citation: “New Business Formation,” Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Economic Trends, no. 97-12, pp. 14-15, 12.01.1997.

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