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America's Top States For Business 2013

#8 Georgia

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Category
Score
2013 Rank
2012 Rank
Cost of Doing Business 230 28 14
Workforce 242 1 1
Quality of Life 132 32 36
Infrastructure & Transportation 204 18 3
Economy 230 19 30
Education 101 8 34
Technology & Innovation 187 17 17
Business Friendliness 141 14 15
Cost of Living 37 14 16
Access to Capital 23 5 20
Overall 1527 8 9

ECONOMIC PROFILE

Governor: Nathan Deal (R)

Population: 9,919,945

GDP growth: 2.1 percent

Unemployment rate (May 2013): 8.3 percent

Top corporate rate: 6.0 percent

Top individual tax rate: 6.0 percent

Gasoline tax: 28.5 cents/gallon

Bond rating/outlook: Aaa/Stable

Major private sector employers: Emory University, Emory University Hospital, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Georgia Power Company, Air Serv Corp., Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, Piedmont Hospital, Pinnacle Transport, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Economic profile sources: American PetroleumInstitute (April 2013), Bureau of Economic Analysis (2012), Bureau of LaborStatistics (May 2013 release), CareerOneStop, Moody's Investors Service(senior-most tax-backed ratings), National Governors Association, TaxFoundation (2013), U.S. Census Bureau (2012 estimate)

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