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WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT RANKINGS
From Site Selection magazine, January 2024
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The 2024 Regional Workforce Development Rankings

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT RANKINGS
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he rankings on these pages are high-level measures of states’ workforce development climates. They do not reflect which states in a region have the most effective workforce training programs or labor boards or tools for connecting job seekers with potential employment opportunities. Rather they recognize states that performed well in a set of measures that can be applied to all 50 states, measures that gauge workforce-related aspects of states’ overall employment climate.

Analysis of variables on the ground, such as programs and resources for job seekers, are still the best way for companies with significant hiring plans to factor workforce development into their site searches. These rankings might serve as a starting point.

The components used to assemble these rankings are: (1) CNBC’s America’s Top States for Business, 2023 Workforce and Education sub-ranking; (2) U.S. News’ 2023 Best States for Education ranking; (3) ACT National Career Readiness Certificates for 2023; (4) the Workforce Preparation and Development component of the Council for Community and Economic Research’s State Economic Development Program Expenditures Database; and (5) whether or not a state has at least one financial incentive program in state policy for work-based learning according to the Education Commission of the States’ September 2023 50-State Comparison analysis.

Northeast 2024 2023
New Jersey 1 2
Connecticut 2 3
Vermont 3 4
Massachusetts 4 6
New Hampshire 5 5
New York 6 1
Pennsylvania 7 7
Rhode Island 8 9
Maine 9 8
East North Central 2024 2023
Illinois 1 2
Michigan 2 4
Indiana 3 1
Wisconsin 4 5
Ohio 5 3
South Atlantic 2024 2023
North Carolina 1 2
Florida 2 3
Virginia 3 1
Delaware 4 7
Maryland 5 5
Georgia 6 4
West Virginia 7 8
South Carolina 8 6
South Central 2024 2023
Arkansas 1 2
Alabama 2 1
Tennessee 3 5
Mississippi 4 6
Louisiana 5 3
Texas 6 4
Kentucky 7 8
Oklahoma 8 7
West North Central 2024 2023
Iowa 1 1
Kansas 2 2
Minnesota 3 4
South Dakota 4 5
Nebraska 5 7
Missouri 6 6
North Dakota 7 3
Mountain 2024 2023
Colorado 1 2
Idaho 2 1
Utah 3 5
New Mexico 4 3
Montana 5 7
Wyoming 6 8
Nevada 7 4
Arizona 8 6
Pacific 2024 2023
California 1 1
Washington 2 2
Oregon 3 3
Hawaii 4 4
Alaska 5 5

Mark Arend
Editor in Chief of Site Selection magazine

Mark Arend

Mark Arend has been editor in chief of Site Selection magazine since 2001. Prior to joining the editorial staff in 1997, he worked for 10 years in New York City at Wall Street Computer Review, ABA Banking Journal and Global Investment Technology. Mark graduated from the University of Hartford (Conn.) in 1985 and lives near Atlanta, Georgia.

 



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