2017 Best (And Worst) States To Find Smart Workers

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Where The Talented Workers Are – And Aren't

Ask any solution provider what their biggest challenge is and the answer is likely to be the task of finding and hiring the right technical, managerial and sales talent that a growing company needs.

As part of the 2017 Best States to Start a Solution Provider Business project, we've ranked the states according to the overall education and experience levels of their available workforce. The analysis included the percent of a state's population with bachelor's and advanced degrees, postings for tech occupations and job openings, and the percent of a state's private sector workers employed by tech industry firms.

The following are the 10 states with the highest rankings for educated and experienced workers, listed from No. 10 to No. 1. The states with the lowest rankings are then listed from No. 41 to No. 50. Keep in mind that the states with the best talent may also be among the most expensive places to do business.

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