Iowa earns grade of A for manufacturing health


Iowa received a grade of A on a scorecard developed by Ball State University to gauge the health of each state’s manufacturing sector.

The university’s Center for Business and Economic Research rated the manufacturing health in Iowa based on several categories These included logistics industry health (B), human capital (A), worker benefit costs (C-), tax burdens (F) and international trade levels (C-).

The Ball University study also examined the percentage of total individual incomes in the state earned by manufacturing employees as well as other measures of manufacturing employment and pay ranges.

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Grades Earned by Each State’s Manufacturing Industry

StateManufacturing Industry Health 2018 to 2019Logistics Industry Health 2018 to 2019Human Capital 2018 to 2019Worker Benefit Costs 2018 to 2019Tax Climate 2018 to 2019Expected Fiscal Liability 2018 to 2019Global Reach 2018 to 2019Sector Diversification 2018 to 2019Productivity and Innovation 2018 to 2019
AlabamaB,BC,CF,D-A,AC,CC,CB,CB,BD,D
AlaskaF,FC-,C-C,CD,DB,BD,DF,FF,FF,F
ArizonaC,CD,DD,D-C+,CB,BC,C-C-,C-D-,D-C+,B-
ArkansasC+,CC,CD,DA,AD-,FC,CD+,D+C,CF,F
CaliforniaC,C+B-,B-C,C-C-,DC-,D+C,D-C,C-D,FA,A
ColoradoD,DD+,D+B-,C+B,CC,CD+,CD,DC,CC+,C+
ConnecticutC,C+D,DB-,C+C-,DD,D-D-,FB+,AD,DB,B
DelawareD,DD-,FC+,CF,FB-,B-A,BA,AC-,C-A,B
FloridaD,DC,CC,C+C,BA,AB,BD,DB,BC,C
GeorgiaD+,C-B,BD,DC,BC,CA,AC,CA,AC,C
HawaiiF,FF,FC,CD,D-C+,CD,DF,FD,DF,F
IdahoB,BD,DD+,C-C,C+C,CC+,BD,D-F,FC,C
IllinoisC+,C+A,AC,B-C-,D+F,D-F,FB,B+C+,C+B-,B-
IndianaA,AA,AC,CB-,BA,AB-,C+A,AC,CC,C
IowaA,AB+,BA,AC-,C-F,FB,B-C,C-C,C-C-,C-
KansasB+,B+B-,C+C,CC,C-C,CD-,DC,B-C-,C-C,C
KentuckyA,AA,AD,DB-,B-D+,C-F,FA,B+C,CD+,C-
LouisianaC,CB,BF,FB,C+D+,D+C,CC,CD,DD,D+
MaineC-,C-F,D-B,BD-,DD,CC,CD-,FC,CD-,D-
MarylandD,DD,DC,CC,CC-,D C,C+F,DC-,C-B,B
MassachusettsC,CD,DB,BC,CD,DC,CB+,BD,D+A,A
MichiganA,AC,CD,DC,CB,B-D,C-B+,BD,DA,A
MinnesotaB-,B-B,B+A,AA,AF,D-C,C+C,B-C,CB,B
MississippiB+,B+C,CF,FB,BC+,C+F,DC,CA,AF,F
MissouriC,CC+,CC,C-A,BA,AB+,BC,D+B,BC,C
MontanaD-,D-C,C-C+,CD,C-A,AD-,FD,DC,CC-,D
NebraskaC-,C-B,BA,AC+,CC+,C+A,AC-,C C-,DD-,D 
NevadaF,FD,DD+,D+B+,B+C,CC-.C-B,CC,CD+,C-
New HampshireB-,B F,FB+,B+D+,CC,C-D+,C-B,BD+,C-B,B+
New JerseyC,D+C,C+C,CD-,D-F,FF,FC+,CD-,FB+,A
New MexicoF,FF,FF,FC+,C+C,BC-,D+F,FF,D-C,C
New YorkF,D-C,CC-,CD,DF,D-C,CD+,C-B,BC+,C+
North CarolinaC+,C+C,CC,CC,CB+,B+A,AB-,C+B+,B+A,A
North DakotaD-,D B,BA,AB,BB,BC-,C-C-,C-C,CD,D
OhioB,BA,AC-,CD,C-C,CC,CB-,BB,BC,C
OklahomaC-,C C+,B-D-,DC,CB,BC+,C+F,DC,CF,F
OregonB,B-C-,C-C-,C-D+,D+C,CB-,C C+,CF,DA,A
PennsylvaniaC-,CB+,AC,CC-,D+D-,DD,D-C-,CA,B+C,C
Rhode IslandD,DF,FC-,C-D,C-D,DC-,DD,FB,AD+,C-
South CarolinaA,AC-,C-D-,FC,CC,C-C-,CA,AB+,B C-,C
South DakotaC,CC,CB,B+B+,B+B,BB,AD,DC-,CD,D
TennesseeB,BC+,C+D,DA,AC,CB,BB,BB-,B-C,C
TexasC,CA,AC-,D+B,B-D,D+B+,B+A,AC+,C+B-,C+
UtahC,CC-,C-B,BB,AA,AA,AC-,C+B-,BB,B
VermontC,CD-,D-B,BF,FD,DC-,C-C,BC,CC,C
VirginiaD,D-C-,C C+,B-C,CC,CC+,B-D-,D-A,AC,C
WashingtonC,C-C,CA,AF,FC-,C-B,BC,C+A,AB,B
West VirginiaC,CD+,D+F,FF,FB,C+D,DC,CD+,D+D,D
WisconsinB,BB,BB+,B+C,CC-,C-A,B+C+,CC+,C+C-,C-
WyomingD+,D+C,CB,BF,FB+,B+C,CC,CF,FC-,D
Source: Center for Business and Economic Research at Ball State University 

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