Site Selection Magazine looks in general terms at states’ workforce development climates, and these rankings take a regional look at states’ commitment to workforce development relative to other states in the same region based on five national and objective measures. Utah tops the Intermountain West.
The ranking components are: (1) CNBC’s America’s Top States for Business 2019, Workforce and Education sub-ranking; (2) Forbes’ most recent Best States for Business Labor Supply sub-ranking; (3) U.S. News’ Best States for Education rankings; (4) ACT National Career Readiness Certificates rankings; and (5) the workforce preparation and development component of the State Economic Development Program Expenditures Database from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER).
Utah ranked #1 in 2019 and #2 in 2018.
Colorado ranked #2 in 2019 and #1 in 2018.
Idaho ranked #3 in both years.
Arizona ranked #4 in both years.
Wyoming ranked #5 in both years.
Montana ranked #6 in 2019 and #8 in 2018.
Nevada ranked #7 in 2019 and #5 in 2018.
New Mexico ranked #8 in 2019 and #7 in 2018.
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