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2014 Best & Worst States

South Carolina is the 5th Best State for Business 2014

Previous State:North Carolina Next State: Indiana No. 05 South Carolina Taxations & Regulations Workforce Quality Living Environment Key Metrics State GDP  % Growth ’11-’12: 2.7/strong> % Growth ’11-’12 v. Nat’l Avg. (2.5%): 0.2 Unemployment Unemployment Rate Dec. 2013 %: 6.6 Comparison with Nat’l Rate (6.70%): -0.1 Domestic Migration Domestic Net Migration 2013: 29,324 Rank: 5 State Government State Debt per ...

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Auto Manufacturing Redraws its Map

Every time a site consultant or state economic-development official turns around, some automaker or large supplier is expanding a plant, ordering tooling for a promising future model, domesticating production that occurred offshore or even plotting a whole new facility. It’s happening across America’s increasingly prosperous auto belt.

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Wyoming is the 18th Best State for Business 2014

Wyoming has two major issues on the table right now that could affect the future economy: 1) a series of bridges that are in disrepair and will require funding, and the question of emission standards for coal-fired plants. As the lead coal supplier in the U.S., Gov. Mead told the Associated Press that the EPA’s new requirements would adversely affect Wyoming’s economy. Wyoming supplies about 40% of the U.S. coal supply.

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Colorado is the 16th Best State for Business 2014

In addition to the business activity that legalized marijuana is driving, Colorado is also considered a good state for startups, ranking No. 6 in the Kaufmann Index with its legacy of technology and new-age food companies. Four of Colorado’s cities—Boulder, Fort Collins-Loveland, Denver and Colorado Springs—were considered top U.S. metro areas for high-tech startup density.

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Wisconsin is the 14th Best State for Business 2014

“Since taking office in 2011, my number one goal has been to help the private sector create jobs by establishing a favorable climate for economic growth,” Gov. Walker told Chief Executive magazine. Chief Executive’s ranking, he said, reflects the improved business climate in Wisconsin resulting from “our aggressive strategy to grow the economy, develop our workforce, transform education, reform government, and invest in our infrastructure.”

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Nebraska is the 21st Best State for Business 2014

Eric Thompson, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln economist, reports that the state is seeing moderate growth. In addition, KOLN-TV reports that tech jobs are keep graduates in the farming state. Gov. David Heineman is actively recruiting veterans, and the state recently launched a recruitment mobile app.

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