The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has released its 2013 Enterprising States study that takes an in-depth look the priorities, policies and programs of the 50 states that are vital for job growth and economic prosperity.
Measuring state-by-state performance in the areas of Exports and International Trade, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Business Climate, Talent Pipeline and Infrastructure, the study ranked the states by how they performed across all areas it measured.
The big winner was (drumroll, please) Utah, which landed in the top 10 in each of the five policy area rankings and third in overall economic performance. It was the only state to finish in the top 10 in all six lists.
Oklahoma had a strong showing in the overall report, ranking seventh in economic performance.
“Strong growth in the productive economy is creating opportunity in Oklahoma,” the report said. “In the past two years, mining and resource extraction job are up 23 percent, wholesale trade is up 17 percent and manufacturing is up 11 percent. This growth is generating wealth in the state; it ranks 5th in per capita personal income growth.”
We didn’t fare near is well in some specific categories. Oklahoma ranked 40th overall in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, although that was up eight places from the previous study.
Other areas: Infrastructure, 44th, up two from 2012; Talent Pipeline, 27th, down 3; Exports, 39th, down 16; and Business Climate, down 21.
Click here and check out the interactive report for yourself. You can view it as a 50-state map, as a list and build and print individual reports.