Recently, Forbes magazine ranked North Carolina as the 3rd Best State for Business in America.
North Carolina improved from last year's Forbes ranking of fifth. In addition to this encouraging news, Governor Perdue announced that recent statistics from the Federal Bureau of Labor and Statistics show North Carolina is the 3rd best state for declining unemployment and 4th in the nation for job creation.
In the Forbes rankings, North Carolina scored third in Business Costs and Regulatory Environment and ninth in Growth Prospect. Forbes scored the states on six measures including business cost, labor supply, regulatory environment, economic climate, growth prospect and quality of life.