A big challenge solution providers face is finding talented, experienced employees. Our overall analysis of the best and worst states in which to start a business included an examination of the states with the biggest and smallest pools of educated, experienced workers, looking at such criteria as a state's percentages of the following: adults aged 25+ with a college degree (national average: 28 percent); a state's private sector workforce employed in IT jobs (national average: 2.0 percent); and those employed in managerial, professional and technical occupations (national average: 30.9 percent). It also looks at the education levels of a state's migrant (within the U.S.) and immigrant populations. Information sources included the U.S. Census Bureau and the 2012 New State Economy Index issued by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. The analysis used criteria and metrics weighted to reflect their importance to solution providers based on a February 2013 CRN study conducted among 250 technology solution providers. The first five states have the highest scores (from No. 5 to No. 1), followed by the five states with the worst rankings (from No. 46 to No. 50).
This report originally ran in September exclusively on the CRN Tech News App, available in the iTunes App Store or the Windows Store.