Best States No. 4: Texas
Texas was No. 23 in high-tech jobs (3.6 percent of the total workforce) and No. 13 in scientists and engineers (also 3.6 percent of the total workforce). But while Texas ranked only No. 29 in issued patents, the state was No. 7 in entrepreneurial activity.
Texas was No. 1 in another key criteria: The value of exports per manufacturing and service worker, adjusted for industrial composition.
The Lone Star State ranked No. 2 in gross state product growth (4.8 percent).