The Washington Rountable’s latest update on competitiveness gives the state high marks for job creation and affordable electric power.
However, Benchmarks for a Better Washington pointed out the state’s relatively low marks for being an expensive place to do business that includes low high school graduation rates and low college bachelor’s degrees awarded per capita.
The periodic comparative report is a product of WashACE, the nonprofit partnership of the Association of Washington Business, Washington Roundtable and the Washington Research Council. The study analyses a set of metrics that measure states for innovation, transportation and business climate. Its goal is to help make Washington a top 10 state for quality of life and innovation while better managing costs placed on businesses.
Among other findings were that Washington was a leader in private sector job creation but lagged as one of the nation’s top 10 states for longest commute times, averaging 27.8 minutes in 2016.