That might sound like business opportunity is drying up, but it could really mean the opposite. Here's why the drop in startups might be a good sign for established business owners:
Motivated entrepreneurs have already done it. This far into the recession, anyone with a burning drive to start a business in the current conditions may have already hung out their shingle.
Hiring is ticking up. As companies begin to hire again, more workers just head back to the trenches instead of feeling compelled to strike out on their own.
Recession may be ending. Trends in starting companies tend to show how the economy's doing. The decline in entrepreneurial activity could indicate that the economy is really picking up now.
Also on the bright side, fewer new startups means less competition.
It's probably not that the unemployed know something you don't about whether starting a business is a good idea. It could also simply be that startup capital remains really hard to get.
It's likely not good news for the economy, though, as startups create fairly durable new jobs, a new study from the Kauffman Foundation showed.
What do you think -- is it a good sign or a bad one that fewer people want to start businesses now? Leave a comment and let us know.