Missouri came in at number 8 in the Pollina Corporate Top 10 Pro-Business States for 2011, an annual economic development industry study, Gov. Jay Nixon's office announced today.
This is the second year in a row that Missouri has made the list, moving up two spaces from number 10.
The Pollina Corporate Top 10 Pro-Business States for 2011 are: 1) Virginia 2) Utah 3) North Dakota 4) Wyoming 5) Nebraska 6) Kansas 7) South Dakota 8) Missouri 9) South Carolina and 10) Indiana.
The Pollina study giving Missouri high marks comes after a recent report by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for 2011 that also praised Missouri's economic policies to attract business. That report listed Missouri at number 7 among the states as "a leader in business-friendly tax and regulatory climate."
Pollina's Corporate Top Pro Business States is an annual study of job retention and creation efforts by the 50 states. It examines more than 30 factors relative to state efforts to create business-friendly environments, including taxes, human resources, energy costs, infrastructure spending, economic incentive programs and state economic development efforts.
Missouri's unemployment rate at 8.7 percent, its lowest point since March 2009 and down eight-tenths of a point since the beginning of 2011. That's also lower than the national average at 9.1 percent.
Missouri's exports through the first two quarters of 2011 are up 13 percent over 2010's totals, which set a state record.