May 29, 2023


Business&Finance Specialists

Wisconsin lags Michigan and Minnesota in latest Milken Institute technology and science rankings.

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Wisconsin was ranked in the middle of the pack, and behind Minnesota, in the latest edition of a biennial report comparing states in categories such as the technology workforce and high-tech investments.

Massachusetts, Colorado and California were the top states in the 2022 State Technology and Science Index from the Milken Institute, a Santa Monica, California-based think tank that’s done the report for 20 years.

Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi ranked the lowest.

At 24th place, Wisconsin was below Minnesota, 13th, Michigan, 17th, and Illinois, 21st.

The report, drawn from data sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, used more than a hundred metrics in five indexes to evaluate a state’s technological capabilities.

Wisconsin scored in the bottom half of states in the percentage of businesses in high-tech industries and the percentage of payroll in high-tech. Minnesota scored in the top 20 for those indicators.