Maine Slips One Spot to 36th in Chief Executive’s “Best & Worst States for Business 2014” Survey

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEGREENWICH, CT, May 15, 2014 – CEOs rated Maine the 36th best state in which to do business, according toChief Executive magazine’s annual Best & Worst States for Business survey. The northeastern most U.S. state slipped one position from last year.

The Best & Worst States Survey gauges the sentiment of CEOs on a variety of measures that they themselves have viewed as critical. These include the tax and regulatory regime, the quality of the workforce, and the quality of the living environment. Five hundred CEOs participated in the 2014 survey. The rankings are crucial, as CEO sentiment drives investments in offices, factories and other facilities that bring jobs to a region.

Maine ranked lower than New Hampshire (24th), but higher than the remainder of its neighbors, including Vermont (39th), New York (49th), Massachusetts (46th), Rhode Island (40th) and Connecticut (44th).

The state’s GDP growth is lower than the national average at 0.5%. It’s unemployment rate is also lower at 6.2%, but it’s state-local tax burden is higher at 10.3%.

The heavily forested land is home to INDEXX Laboratories, Wright Express and Camden International. Looking forward, the University of Maine forecasts that young lobster replenishment in the area will slow down within the next few years.

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