America’s Top State For Business

Step back and look at the picture of competitiveness we have painted in our nine years ranking America’s Top States for Business in our 10 categories of competitiveness, and you will notice a decidedly red hue. States with Republican governors have dominated our rankings over the years, with Republican governors landing in the top five …

More than 9 million Americans are unemployed, according to the Labor Department, and many more are underemployed. Yet in a recent study by CareerBuilder, more than half of the employers surveyed said they had open positions for which they could not find a qualified applicant. It’s not that those workers don’t exist somewhere, the experts say. …

When it comes to the recent improvement in state finances, one retiree’s pain is another one’s gain. More than five years after the Great Recession tore a giant hole in their budgets, most states have made big progress in stabilizing their finances. That’s good news for millions of state taxpayers and the millions of investors …

Granted, it may be tough to conjure up much sympathy for America’s most spectacular state. But strip away the fabulous beaches, palm trees, hula dancers and surfers, and Hawaii is just one state trying to compete with 49 others, while facing a host of built-in disadvantages. It is in the middle of the ocean, more …

Leave it to the North Star State to chart a new course to competitiveness. Minnesota is America’s Top State for Business in 2015, reaching the pinnacle of success by way of a much different route than our eight previous winners. Minnesota scores 1,584 out of a possible 2,500 points, ranking in the top half for …

With crude oil prices down sharply from last year and the oil glut at risk of increasing, private security consultant Charles Clifton’s phone has been ringing. His company, Knightsbridge Risk Management, a private security firm in Dallas that serves the oil and gas industry, is getting calls from companies that want to plan ahead in …

State finances across the U.S. have been described as stable but slow growing. Six years into the post-recession economic recovery, that statement may be accurate, but the full truth may be more troubling. A handful of states are caught in a real pension fix. A few statehouse budget battles in recent months have been notable …

When electric-car maker Tesla touched off a multistate bidding war for its Gigafactory battery plant last year, most of the attention focused on the tax breaks and other incentives states were offering. Nevada won the competition, but it turns out it wasn’t the state’s $1.25 billion in subsidies that sealed the deal. It was the …