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Best And Worst States 2014: Where To Find Educated, Experienced Workers

Need top talent to help get your business off the ground and grow? Here are the states with the most and the least educated labor pools.

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The Top Five And The Bottom Five

Ask anyone starting and growing a solution provider business what their biggest challenge is and many will say attracting and retaining qualified workers tops the list.

This year's annual CRN Best States To Start A Solution Provider Business analysis included an examination of the states with the largest and smallest pools of educated, experienced workers. A key metric is the percent of a state's population over 25 with bachelor's degrees or higher (2012 average was 29 percent).

The criteria also included employment in IT jobs as a share of a state's private sector employment; employment in managerial, technical and professional jobs as a share of a state's private sector employment; and education levels of a state's migrants (from inside the U.S.) and immigrants (from outside the U.S.) 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).

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