Trigaux: As Florida seeks top 10 status as best business state, red flag rises on workforce


In the eternal quest to appeal more to business than other states, Florida’s managed to haul itself out of some pretty mediocre years. After scoring an impressive 8 among 50 states way back in 2007, Florida suffered horribly during and immediately after the recession. Its rank sank as low as No. 30 only four years ago, but in more recent years rebounded to score a spot at No. 10 last year and a still commendable No. 12 this year.

Not boffo. Not landing among the elite states for business. Still, pretty darn good.

So sayeth 11 years of analyzing the best and worst states for business by CNBC. Since 2007, the business news TV/online channel each year has scored all 50 states on more than 60 measures of competitiveness based on input from a broad array of business and policy experts, official government sources, CNBC ‘s own Global CFO Council, the Young Presidents Organization and the states themselves.