Florida Ranks Second on Best State for Business

Florida is more than just a tourist state. It's home to several manufacturing jobs.
Florida is more than just a tourist state. It's home to several manufacturing jobs.

SEBASTIAN – Florida is ranked second in Chief Executive magazine’s “Best and Worst States for Business” report.

The report shows Texas taking the No. 1 for the past 14 years. Florida ranked No. 2, then North Carolina, South Carolina, and Indiana.

CEO magazine ranked states based on a range of measures, including workforce, taxes & regulation, and living environment.

Florida is home to more than 19,000 manufacturing businesses that employ more than 330,000 workers.

The Orlando area leads the state with its advanced manufacturing sector based on its location near colleges and universities. Orlando is also near the Space Coast.

The worst states for business on the list are California, New York, Illinois, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. The report says these states have a higher cost of living, taxes, and traffic.

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Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland and raised in Jupiter, Florida. Andy has been a radio & TV personality since the 1980s. He has worked for WLIZ, WFLX-FOX 29, WIRK, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and WJNO to name a few. After spending 7 years in Atlanta, Georgia during the 1990s, Andy returned to Florida and settled in the small town of Sebastian in 2000. In 2005, he returned to the broadcasting news sector and eventually joined our news team in 2016 as editor in chief. Andy's family has lived in Sebastian for more than 45 years.