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Top 5 states for business in 2012

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North Carolina Gov. Beverly Purdue, right, speaks during the Siemens Charlotte gas turbine plant opening last November in Charlotte, NC. North Carolina is a perennial contender in the Top States for Business race, thanks to a well-educated workforce.
Jason E. Miczek / AP Images for Siemens/File
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4. North Carolina

Fourth-ranked North Carolina is often a contender, thanks in large part to its well-educated workforce. This year, more of those workers are available. It’s a silver lining to a jobs crisis that has disproportionately affected the Tarheel State, where unemployment is considerably higher than the national average. North Carolina slipped one spot from a number three ranking in 2011.

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