The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, that’s who!
In their latest report, Enterprising States: Policies That Produce, Washington state moved up five places to #8 on the list of “Top Performing States.” The group said the rankings were determined by a combination of the following measures:
• Long-term job growth
• Short-term job growth
• Overall expansion of gross state product
• Productivity: state output per job
• Productivity growth: growth in output per job
• Income growth: growth in per capita personal income
• Livability: median income of four-person households adjusted for state cost of living
“Led by the software industry, Washington is one of the few states with a growing information sector. Washington moved up five places into the top 10 largely due to its rapid short-term job growth over the past two years.