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Best (And Worst) States To Find An Educated Workforce In 2019

Entrepreneurs starting up a solution provider business are going to need highly educated and experienced workers to succeed. Here's where to look for the most talented workers (and where not to).

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Where The Talented Workers Are – And Aren't

In May, the U.S. unemployment rate hit a 49-year low of 3.6 percent (it has since ticked up to 3.7 percent). With the economy working at nearly full capacity and the technology industry booming, solution providers – both established and startups – face a serious challenge in finding and hiring the technical, managerial and sales employees they need just to meet their current needs, never mind supporting a company's growth.

As part of the CRN 2019 Best States to Start a Solution Provider Business analysis, we've ranked the states according to the overall education and experience levels of the pool of available workers. The analysis includes such data as the percent of people in each state over 25 with an advanced degree, technology industry job gains (2017 to 2018), and tech jobs as a percent of the total workforce. We also incorporate state education rankings from WalletHub (focused on the education levels of each state’s population) and U.S. News and World Reports (focused on the quality of a state’s public schools).

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 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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