This is not a good statistic. This is the latest data from the OECD. Note that this is a relative statistical construct (2006=100). While 2006 was not a bad year in the U.S., relative to other countries we are flatlining. In France start-up rates were boosted in 2009 and 2010 by new legislation supporting auto-entrepreneurs. The U.S., Germany, and Denmark are trending down.