Report gives Arkansas C's for manufacturing, logistics

LITTLE ROCK (Arkansas News Bureau) -- A new report that grades states on the economic environments they offer for manufacturing and logistics gives Arkansas a C in both categories.

The 2013 Manufacturing and Logistics National Report, released Tuesday by the Center for Business and Economic Research at Ball State University, assesses how well states handle factors that can predict success or failure.

Arkansas' grades in the 2013 report are slightly worse than its grades in the 2012 report, which were C-plus in manufacturing and C in logistics.

The state's grades in each of the factors considered in the 2013 report were: Human capital, F; worker benefit costs, A; tax climate, C-minus; expected liability gap, C; global reach, C; sector diversification, C-plus; productivity and innovation, F.

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