17. Wisconsin

The Badger State offers strong education and a good economy, but businesses are hampered by a worker shortage.

A parade of 10,000 motorcycles pass spectators lining the rooftop of the Teamsters hall in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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A parade of 10,000 motorcycles pass spectators lining the rooftop of the Teamsters hall in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Economic Profile

Governor: Scott Walker, Republican

Population: 5,795,483

GDP growth (Q4 2017): 3.1 percent

Unemployment rate (May 2018): 2.8 percent

Top corporate tax rate: 7.9 percent

Top individual income tax rate: 7.65 percent

Gasoline tax: 32.90 cents/gallon

Bond rating (Moody's/S&P): Aa1, stable/AA, stable

Major private employers: Wal-Mart, Johnson Controls

Economic profile sources: U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Federation of Tax Administrators, American Petroleum Institute (excluding 18.40 cent/gallon federal tax), Moody's Investor Service, S&P Global Market Intelligence

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