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).