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Gov. Ricketts Celebrates Big Jump in National Business-Friendly Ranking for Nebraska

LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts issued a statement following news that Nebraska rose from #14 to #8 in CNBC’s “Top States for Business in 2019.”

“Nebraska’s six-spot jump in CNBC’s rankings speaks to the great successes we have experienced in recruiting new opportunities to Nebraska,” said Governor Ricketts.  “Our pro-growth climate has helped Nebraska attract more new investments per capita than any state in the nation for three years in a row.  Consequently, we are hitting employment records every year, and helping keep Nebraska the best place in the world to live, work, and raise a family.”

CNBC’s full report can be found by clicking here.

1stEconomic Development Projects Per Capita (Site Selection, 2017 & 2018)
1stState Fiscal Solvency (Mercatus Center, 2018)
1stPower Grid Reliability (U.S. News, 2018)
2ndMillennial Unemployment Rate (WalletHub, 2018)
2ndAffordable Housing (WalletHub, 2018)
3rdTop States For Millennials (MoneyRates, 2017)


4thLowest Unemployment Tax (SBE Council, 2018)
4thBusiness Incentives (WalletHub, 2018)
4thLow Unemployment (U.S. News & World Report, 2018)
4thLabor Force Participation (U.S. News & World Report, 2018)
4thBest States For College Students (MoneyRates, 2018)
5thBest States For Business (Forbes, 2018)


5thAmerica's Happiest States (WalletHub, 2017)
5thLowest Electricity Rates For Residential Customers (HowMuch.net, 2018)
6thShortest Commute Time (U.S. News & World Report, 2018)
7thBest States to Find A Job (U.S. News & World Report, 2017)
7thBest Legal Climates for Business (U.S. Chamber, 2017)
7thBest for Company Headquarters (U.S. News & World Report, 2018)


8thLowest Electricity Rates for Commercial Customers (HowMuch.net, 2018)
9thBest States for Retirement (Bankrate.com, 2018)
10thRenewable Energy Use (U.S. News & World Report, 2018)