North Carolina again ranks as the nation’s best state for manufacturing, according to an annual report conducted by the location advisory firm Site Selection Group.
The company, based in Dallas, Texas, scores and ranks all 50 states based on weighted factors that drive location decisions. Workforce availability is the most heavily weighted (at 35 percent), followed by logistics, tax climate, utility costs, labor costs (all at 15 percent) and union climate (at 5 percent).
North Carolina tops the 2016 ranking, just as it did in 2015.
With over 460,000 manufacturing workers, North Carolina has the largest manufacturing workforce in the Southeast, and the 10th largest in the U.S. Manufacturing accounts for 20 percent of the state’s gross domestic product, fifth-highest in the nation.
The top 10 states in the ranking, in descending order, are:
1. North Carolina
9. South Carolina
Visit Site Selection Group’s website for the full ranking and further details.