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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. 48: Arkansas (No. 50 in 2019)

Number of CRN Solution Provider 500 Companies: 0

COVID-19 Business Impact Rank: 25

Arkansas’ net job loss February to July 2020 was 5.3 percent of the workforce (No. 9) with the unemployment rate standing at 8.0 percent (No. 16) in July. The state’s GDP declined 5.0 percent in the first quarter of 2020 (No. 25).

Arkansas, which was No. 50 in last year’s Best States rankings, moved up two spots this year.

The Natural State is No. 48 in entrepreneurship and innovation: The tech sector accounted for 3.5 percent of total gross state product – No. 45 among all states. And it is No. 47 in workforce education and experience – it was only one of five states that recorded a decline in tech employment (548 jobs) in 2019 over 2018.

Arkansas can boast about its No. 7 ranking in labor and operational costs. But the state is No. 45 in taxes and regulations: The state ranked a poor No. 46 in the Tax Foundation’s 2020 State Business Tax Climate Index, largely due to the state’s high property taxes.

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