America’s Top State For Business 2014

To tell the story about recent job creation on a state-by-state basis in this country, you have to start with North Dakota. One of the plain states, its employment picture is anything but, thanks to the shale oil boom. North Dakota boasts a 2.6 percent unemployment rate (as of June 2014) and is in the enviable …

The smallest state once again has the smallest score. Rhode Island, the Ocean State, hits the bottom of CNBC’s America’s Top States for Business rankings for the third time in four years. The poor showing comes despite a sweeping package of reforms approved last year, including more than two dozen pieces of legislation aimed directly at Rhode …

One sign the national recovery may finally be taking hold is what is happening in states hit hard by the Great Recession. Take Georgia, for example. Unemployment is still above the national average, coming in at 7.2 percent in May. But the state is adding jobs faster than most of the country, helping Georgia to …