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Idaho is the 28th Best State for Business 2014

Gas pipelines could provide the boost that the Idaho economy needs. In addition, an Idaho Division of Financial Management report states that non-farm employment in the potato-growing state should return to pre-recession levels by next year.

JP Donlon Best & Worst States , Best & Worst States for Business 2014 May 8 2014

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.

JP Donlon Best & Worst States , Best & Worst States for Business 2014 May 8 2014

Iowa is the 19th Best State for Business 2014

Gov. Terry Branstad is working on legislature that would make Iowa attractive to returning vets looking for work and education. Called Home Base Iowa, the bill will exempt taxes for the nearly 8,000 returning Iowa vets. In addition, he has a plan for creating 200,000+ new jobs over the next five years.

JP Donlon Best & Worst States , Best & Worst States for Business 2014 May 8 2014

California is the Worst State for Business for the Tenth Year in a Row

Despite its woes, California maintains its strength as a tech hub, being the home for Silicon Valley startups and investors, as well as the headquarters location for high-tech organizations such as Apple, Google, Cisco and Intel.

JP Donlon Best & Worst States , Best & Worst States for Business 2014 May 8 2014

Vermont is the 39th Best State for Business 2014

Vermont’s rank is 15 spots below New Hampshire, but well above New York, which came in second to last. Maine was 36th, while Massachusetts fell into the bottom five, at 46th.

JP Donlon Best & Worst States , Best & Worst States for Business 2014 May 8 2014

New Mexico is 30th Best State for Business 2014

New Mexico’s GDP growth is significantly lower than other states at just 0.2%, compared to Florida’s 2.4% and Texas’ 4.8%. However, both its unemployment and tax rates are lower than the national average (6.4% and 8.4%, respectively). It’s also suffering from growing pains, including traffic gluts and increased crime in the Carlsbad area. In Albuquerque, the city has received a $100,000 grant, which it plans to use to build a research district, called Innovate Albuquerque, and generate new jobs.

JP Donlon Best & Worst States , Best & Worst States for Business 2014 May 8 2014

Arkansas is the 29th Best State for Business 2014

Improving international trade is one way to boost the economy. Recently, a Vietnamese furniture maker opened up a factory in Arkansas, investing $5 million into the local economy and adding 75 jobs, according to the Southwest Times Record.

JP Donlon Best & Worst States , Best & Worst States for Business 2014 May 8 2014

Louisiana is the 9th Best State for Business 2014

Having jumped 31 positions from 40th in 2010, Louisiana is the Cinderella state of Chief Executive’s ranking, proving that a concerted effort to transform old habits and policies can truly pay off. The state’s labor and economic development departments are currently preparing for a job boom in the hundreds of thousands.

JP Donlon Best & Worst States , Best & Worst States for Business 2014 May 8 2014

New York is the 2nd Worst State for Business, Ranking 49th in 2014

New York’s high-tech startup, STARTUP-NY, designed to bring jobs to New York, poses some concerns. Critics feel that it is too narrowly focused in terms of the types of companies they are trying to attract and the places where they can be located, and have complained about everything from the cost of the advertising to the political motivations behind it.

JP Donlon Best & Worst States , Best & Worst States for Business 2014 May 8 2014

North Dakota is 12th Best State for Business 2014

The oil boom in North Dakota is driving increases in job availability there, so much so that Census Director John Thompson told the Associated Press that North Dakota was the fastest growing state in the nation. The unemployment rate there is a full 4.1% less than the national average.

JP Donlon Best & Worst States , Best & Worst States for Business 2014 May 8 2014

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