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Is your state among the ‘best for business’?


The U.S. Chamber of Commerce just released its list of states that are the most — and least — business friendly.

The C of C’s report, “The Impact of State Employment Policies on Job Growth,” calls on states to reduce regulations the Chamber says are preventing employers from hiring workers. To underscore its point, the organization lists the best and worst states for business, in terms of regulation and employment laws.

The best

(in alphabetical order)

  • Alabama
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia

The worst

  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin

The Chamber’s report goes on to detail the effects of labor issues like minimum wage and litigation and enforcement on businesses. Reviews of individual states’ policies are also included. The Chamber maintains that relaxing some regs and employment laws would lead to the creation of 750,000 new jobs and 50,000 new businesses in the space of a year.

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