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America's Top States For Business 2013

#22 Wisconsin

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Category
Score
2013 Rank
2012 Rank
Cost of Doing Business 230 28 15
Workforce 119 40 43
Quality of Life 193 19 14
Infrastructure & Transportation 207 17 6
Economy 199 34 34
Education 87 13 10
Technology & Innovation 174 19 20
Business Friendliness 104 24 27
Cost of Living 23 28 23
Access to Capital 15 21 27
Overall 1351 22 17

ECONOMIC PROFILE

Governor: Scott Walker (R)

Population: 5,726,398

GDP growth: 1.5 percent

Unemployment rate (May 2013): 7.0 percent

Top corporate rate: 7.9 percent

Top individual tax rate: 7.75 percent

Gasoline tax: 32.9 cents/gallon

Bond rating/outlook: Aa2/Stable

Major private employers: University of Wisconsin, Menard Inc., Epic Systems Corp., Thedacare Inc., Kohl's Corp., General Mitchell International Airport, Kraft Foods Oscar Mayer, River Woods Urgent Care, Rockwell Automation, University of Wisconsin Hospitals

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

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