(Lincoln, Neb.) Governor Dave Heineman today announced that Nebraska has been named one of the best run states in America by the online publication 24/7 Wall Street. The rankings, available on the financial news site 247wallst.com, were determined using factors including debt per capita, unemployment rates, poverty rates, exports and GDP.
Gov. Heineman said, “Nebraska’s continued ranking as one of the best run states in the nation is a reflection of our common sense and our fiscal responsibility. In Nebraska, we don’t spend money we don’t have. Nebraska has a balanced budget and we have a strong economy and education system. I’m proud to say Nebraska survived a national economic slowdown in strong financial shape, and these continued top national rankings prove that point.”
Nebraska was highlighted for its debt per capital which was the 2nd lowest, 3rd highest agricultural output and its 3rd lowest unemployment rate in the United States.
Since 2010, Nebraska has ranked in the top five best run states each year according to the website.
In its assessment, 24 Wall Street stated: “Nebraska has long had low unemployment rates, even during the Great Recession. Last year, just 3.9 percent of the state’s workforce was unemployed, the third lowest rate in the nation. Further, the state’s economy grew by 3 percent last year, tied for the 10th highest rate in the country.”
The full study is available here: http://247wallst.com/special-report/2014/12/03/the-best-and-worst-run-states-in-america-a-survey-of-all-50-3/2/