Rankings Evaluate SC in business and job growth

South Carolina is making progress as a business-friendly state, according to recent rankings from CNBC.

The Palmetto State moved up to No. 23 from last year’s ranking of 32 in the Top States for Business.

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CNBC ranked states on measures of competitiveness developed in partnership with business groups including the National Association of Manufacturers and the Council on Competitiveness.

South Carolina ranked No. 8 in the cost of doing business category and was in ninth place in the workforce measure . However, its lowest rankings were in education and quality of life where it landed 36th and 41st respectively.

Neighboring Georgia placed eighth overall while North Carolina came in at No. 12.

See an interactive map of all the rankings here.

In another report—the 2013 Best Cities for Job Growth—the Charleston-North-Charleston-Summerville area made the top 10. The area’s ranking slipped five spots from No. 5 last year.

Greenville-Mauldin-Easley fell to No. 35 from 2012’s No. 17 spot, according to the rankings from New Geography.  Columbia came in a No. 38, just below last year’s 37th spot.

The group analyzes data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to come up with the rankings. Read more about how the numbers are calculated here.