As it turns out, Indiana falls just about in the middle of most objective national rankings, much like its geographical placement among states. Graduation rates are in the middle of the pack, as are average earnings, despite a slight decline in median annual income over the last decade.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics, which calculates unemployment rates, lists Indiana as one of the worst in the nation, tied with Georgia and Tennessee at 8.3 percent. It’s not as bad as Illinois, which is hobbled with a 9.1 percent rate, but a far cry from North Dakota, which has 3.2 percent unemployment thanks to an ongoing gas and oil boom.
But Money-Rates.com still ranked Indiana the 15th-best state “to make a living” in an April report, based on a mix of factors including unemployment, cost of living and tax rates. Wisconsin came in at No. 25.
And that Chief Executive ranking Walker mentioned last week? Indiana topped Wisconsin; which might explain some of the hearty applause for the Wisconsinite’s choice of sources.
Tom LoBianco covers Indiana politics for The Associated Press. Follow him on Twitter @tomlobianco.