Idaho is the 18th Best State for Business 2012

No 18: Idaho

No. 18


Taxation and Regulations
Workforce Quality
Living Environment

Based on CEO Survey by

Key Metrics
State GDP 

  • % Growth ’07-’10: -1.57
  • % Growth ’07-’10 v. Nat’l Avg. (-0.33%): -1.23


  • Unemployment Rate Dec. 2011 %: 8.40
  • Comparison with Nat’l Rate (8.50%): -0.10

Domestic Migration

  • Domestic Net Migration ’00-’09: 110,279
  • Rank: 13

State Government

  • Debt per Capita Fiscal Year ’10 ($): 2,478
  • State & Local Gov’t Employees per 10k Residents: 538.62

State-Local Tax Burden

  • Rate (%): 9.37
  • Compared to Nat’l Avg. (9.8%): -0.43
Key Companies
  • Micron Technology
  • Boise Inc.
  • MWI Veterinary Supplies
Development Trend Indicator: Neutral
Keeps entrepreneurs happy with fewest health mandates of any state.

Bureau of Economic Analysis
Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Tax Foundation

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