Missouri and Springfield recognized for low business costs and job growth

Jul 16, 2010

In a CNBC special report “America’s Top States for Business 2010” released this week, Missouri ranked fifth in the nation for the cost of doing business.  The report analyzed public data to score states’ competitiveness with 40 different measurements and used input from national business groups and state economic development marketing materials to separate the metrics into ten weighted categories.  Listed as 17th overall, Missouri ranked fifth in terms of the cost of doing business, weighted as the top category because it is often the first consideration when a company chooses a state for expansion or relocation.

At the local level, the fastest-growing county in Springfield’s Metro Area, Christian County was ranked 12th in the top counties for job growth.  CNNMoney.com compiled a list of the counties that have experienced the most job growth over the past nine years, citing that plentiful job opportunities are key to making somewhere a “great place to live”.  From 2000-2009, Christian County has experienced 39% job growth, with many residents commuting to Springfield’s major employers like O’Reilly Auto Parts, St. John’s Health System and CoxHealth.  The county has also benefitted from attractions in Branson and outdoor activities at Table Rock Lake, Lake Taneycomo and Bull Shoals Lakes.

For the full CNBC “America’s Top States for Business 2010 “ report, click here.

For the full CNNMoney.com’s “Where the jobs are” list, click here.

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