North Carolina Moves into the Top 3 of CNBC’s Top States for Business

RALEIGH, N.C. – Gov. Bev Perdue today announced that North Carolina has moved up one spot to third overall in CNBC’s annual survey “America’s Top States for Business.” According to CNBC’s report North Carolina dramatically improved in two key categories — Cost of Doing Business and Infrastructure & Transportation. In addition, the Tar Heel State placed third in the Workforce category for the second straight year.

“North Carolina’s continued high marks as a business-friendly state is a direct result of our hard work and commitment to create jobs and provide employers with the best educated and well-prepared workforce in the world,” said Gov. Perdue. “Our aggressive recruiting has paid off and we must continue to make the investments in North Carolina to help businesses grow and expand.”

The ranking is the highest North Carolina has achieved in the five years of the survey. North Carolina has finished in the top 10 in all five years.

In its rankings, CNBC scored the states on more than 40 measures of competitiveness based on the cost of doing business, workforce, quality of life, economy, transportation and infrastructure, technology and innovation, education, business friendliness, access to capital and cost of living.

CNBC will release its full report today at

Today’s announcement follows on the heels of a #2 ranking for the best state for business by CEO Magazine in May and the top ranked business climate by Site Selection Magazine for the ninth time in 10 years.