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From Worst To First: Here’s How Each State Ranks For Solution Providers In 2020

CRN’s annual best states project ranks all 50 states for operating a solution provider business. We also provide a rank specifically for the business impact of the COVID-19 pandemic for each state.

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No. 40: Kentucky (No. 47 in 2019)

Number of CRN Solution Provider 500 Companies: 4

COVID-19 Business Impact Rank: 12

While Kentucky’s economy took a hit at the start of the pandemic and recession, with a steep decline in its GDP, it has rebounded to have the lowest unemployment rate in the nation.

Kentucky’s net job loss February to July 2020 was 8.0 percent of the workforce (No. 25) with the unemployment rate standing at 4.3 percent (No. 1) in July. The state’s GDP declined 5.8 percent in the first quarter of 2020 (No. 41).

Kentucky ranks poorly in workforce education and experience (No. 45), entrepreneurship and innovation (No. 40) and business climate/competitive environment (No. 40). The tech sector accounts for only 3.9 percent of total gross state product (No. 43) and tech jobs are only 4.8 percent of the total workforce (No. 41).

50-41 | 40-31 | 30-21 | 20-11 | 10-1

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