We rank all 50 states in our annual America's Top States for Business study, so if there are going to be top states, there must also be bottom states. We know that every state — regardless of its rank — offers its own unique business advantages. But based on our methodology, these states don't offer the broad appeal that it takes to be a top state. Be sure to check out the full Top States for business ranking to see how your state did. These 10 states bring up the rear this year.
This story has been updated to reflect that New Mexico enjoyed a brief economic boom, thanks to the oil-rich San Juan Basin in the northwest and Permian Basin in the southeast.