The Centennial State boasts one of America’s best-educated workforces and a strong worker training program. Colorado has been working hard to develop the next generation of high-tech workers in the state. Colorado STEM is a coalition of business, education, and civic leaders developing science, technology, engineering and math experiences for students of all ages. The state would likely rank higher in the category were it not for low unemployment putting skilled workers in short supply.
2018 Workforce score: 295 out of 425 points (Top States Grade: A+)
Unemployment (May 2018): 2.8 percent
Adults with bachelor’s degree or higher: 38.7 percent
Workers in STEM occupations: 8.7 percent
Right-to-work state? While not technically a right to work state, Colorado’s Labor Peace Law is a compromise statute that sets high barriers to unionization.