No. 12: California (No. 10 in 2019)
Number of CRN Solution Provider 500 Companies: 53
COVID-19 Business Impact Rank: 21
California’s net job loss February to July 2020 was 10.3 percent of the workforce (No. 42) with the unemployment rate standing at 14.9 percent (No. 46) in July. The state’s GDP declined 4.7 percent in the first quarter of 2020 (No. 19).
California is, as every year, a study in contrasts. Not surprisingly the Golden State is No. 1 in entrepreneurship and innovation. The tech sector accounts for 18.1 percent of the state’s total gross state product (No. 2, behind only Washington’s 20.2 percent) and employs 1,866,951 people (No.1), according to the CompTIA 2020 Cyberstates Report.
The state is No. 2 in business climate/competitive environment with its 4,131,508 small businesses that make prospective customers for a solution provider. And California is No. 13 for workforce education and experience.
But California remains an expensive place to do business. It is No. 46 for labor and operating costs and No. 44 for taxes and regulatory environment. The state’s 8.84 percent corporate income tax is among the nation’s 10 highest as is its 8.68 percent sales tax.
And California is last (No. 50) for personal cost of living and quality of life: The state’s 13.3 percent individual income tax is the highest in the country, according to the Tax Foundation.