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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. 50: Mississippi (No. 35 in 2019)

Number of CRN Solution Provider 500 Companies: 2

COVID-19 Business Impact Rank: 22

Mississippi’s net job loss February to July 2020 was 4.1 percent of the workforce with the unemployment rate standing at 8.7 percent in July (No. 24). The state’s GDP declined 5.2 percent in the first quarter of 2020 (No. 32).

Mississippi is ranked No. 50 in the education and experience of its workforce. Tech jobs account for only 3.7 percent of the state’s workforce (No. 49), according to the CompTIA 2020 Cyberstates report. And the state is ranked No. 50 in STEM (science, math, engineering and math) concentration advanced degrees and in the number of science and engineering bachelor’s degree holders, according to the Bloomberg 2020 U.S. State Innovation Index.

The Magnolia State is No. 49 in entrepreneurship and innovation and No. 49 in state infrastructure. But the state has relatively low labor and operating costs (No. 10).

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