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Best (And Worst) States To Find An Educated Workforce In 2018

Entrepreneurs starting up a solution provider business are going to need top-notch talent to succeed. Here's where to look for the best workers (and where not to).

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Where The Talented Workers Are–And Aren't

With the economy working at nearly full capacity and unemployment approaching record lows (3.9 percent in August, the lowest since 2000), the biggest challenge for solution providers today is finding and hiring the technical, managerial and sales employees they need just to meet their current needs, let alone support a company's growth.

As part of the CRN 2018 Best States to Start a Solution Provider Business analysis, we've ranked the states according to the overall education and experience levels of their available workforce. The analysis includes such data as a state's tech industry job gains and the percent of a state's workforce with bachelor's and advanced degrees. It also considered state education rankings in surveys by CNBC America's Top States for Business 2018 and WalletHub's Most Educated States.

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 states to do business in, have higher taxes, have more solution providers to compete with and other negative characteristics.

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