In early 2000s, self-employment was on a rapid ascent in the United States. But then the early signs of the downturn began to appear, followed by the financial crisis and Great Recession, and self-employment growth came to a halt.
In this spotlight, we look at the states with the highest proportion of non-covered — or 1099 — workers, according to 2011 EMSI employment estimates. Not all jobs included in this breakdown are occupied by proprietors. Nonetheless, this is perhaps one unscientific way of measuring entrepreneurship activity by state.