N.C. rises to No. 2 on Forbes’ “Best States for Business and Careers” list

Nuvola_North_Carolina_flag.svgRALEIGH – North Carolina has risen to No. 2 on Forbes’ “Best States For Business and Careers” ranking, again moving up one spot. The Tarheel State has now moved up one spot in the rankings every year since 2013.

The list factors in business costs, labor supply, regulatory environment, economic climate, growth prospects and quality of life. “Business costs, which include labor, energy and taxes, are weighted the most heavily,” according to the Forbes article.

Utah maintained the top spot in the rankings, but North Carolina is the only state to place in the top five every year of rankings, which Forbes has done for 10 years. The Forbes article notes that North Carolina has the lowest percentage of unionized workers on the nation, a big plus for employers.

Here are the 10 best and worst states in the rankings:

Best States

1. Utah
2. North Carolina
3. Nebraska
4. North Dakota
5. Colorado
6. Texas
7. Virginia
8. Indiana
9. South Dakota
10. Washington


Worst States

41. West Virginia
42. Mississippi
43. Maine
44. New Mexico
45. Rhode Island
46. Alabama
47. Alaska
48. Hawaii
49. Vermont
50. New Jersey