Forbes ranks N.C. third of ‘Best States for Business’

RALEIGH – Forbes magazine has ranked North Carolina as third of “Best State for Business in America,” according to the governor’s office, improving the state’s 2009 ranking of fifth.

In a news release, Gov. Beverly Perdue’s office also said recent statistics from the Federal Bureau of Labor and Statistics show North Carolina is third best among the 50 states for declining unemployment and fourth for job creation.

“When I took office, I pledged to take any meeting and make any call to bring jobs to this state,” Perdue said in the release. “There’s nothing I love more than convincing a corporate executive of what a great place this is to live and work.”

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: business cost, labor supply, regulatory environment, economic climate, growth prospect and quality of life.

Perdue’s administration says it has secured commitments for 30,000 new jobs since last year and $5.6 billion in investments.

The Forbes ranking can be seen at www.forbes.com/business.

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