Wisconsin is the 20th Best State for Business 2012

No 20: Wisconsin

No. 20


Taxation and Regulations
Workforce Quality
Living Environment

Based on CEO Survey by ChiefExecutive.net

Key Metrics
State GDP 

  • % Growth ’07-’10: -1.45
  • % Growth ’07-’10 v. Nat’l Avg. (-0.33%): -1.11


  • Unemployment Rate Dec. 2011 %: 7.10
  • Comparison with Nat’l Rate (8.50%): -1.40

Domestic Migration

  • Domestic Net Migration ’00-’09: -11,981
  • Rank: 30

State Government

  • Debt per Capita Fiscal Year ’10 ($): 3,929
  • State & Local Gov’t Employees per 10k Residents: 503.04

State-Local Tax Burden

  • Rate (%): 10.98
  • Compared to Nat’l Avg. (9.8%): 1.18
Key Companies
  • Johnson Controls
  • Kohl’s
  • Manpower
  • Oshkosh
  • Harley-Davidson
  • Rockwell Automation
Development Trend Indicator: Positive
New conservative statehouse is shaking things up, drawing business favor.
CEO Comments
“We only do business in Wisconsin. Since Gov. Walker was elected we have seen a significant improvement in taxes and business conditions.”

“In our home state of Wisconsin there is a palatable enthusiasm amongst business executives that we are roaring back due to a clear vision of job creation (e.g. mining in the north) and stable state budgets (allowing us to take more risks).”

Bureau of Economic Analysis
Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Tax Foundation

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