Manufacturing & The Economy
CNBC scored all 50 states on 51 measures of competitiveness developed with input from business groups including the National Association of Manufacturers and the Council on Competitiveness. States received points based on their rankings in each metric. Then, each state was separated on those metrics into ten broad categories, weighting the categories based on how frequently they are cited in state economic development marketing materials. That way, CNBC says, the study ranks the states based on the criteria they use to sell themselves.