The annual state-by-state look at the environment around the construction industry has been released. The Building America: The Merit Shop Scorecard assesses and ranks state-specific information on the construction industry. An overall ranking of 1-51 is determined using the combined ranking in all seven criteria. 

Each state was assessed on the following criteria: PLA mandates, prevailing wage, right to work, public-private partnerships, workforce development, career and technical education, and overall job growth rate. 

The state that ranked the highest was Arizona, while New Mexico ranked the lowest.

To see the full rankings list, click here.