Missouri ranked No. 33 on the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation’s New Economy Index, the same as it did when the index was updated in 2012 and 2010. The foundation says high-ranking states “are best able to meet the challenges” of an economy that increasingly requires skilled workers, global connections and investment in high-tech research.
The New Economy Index ranks states on 25 indicators, covering such things as patents, exports, high-tech jobs and research spending. Missouri ranks 11th in entrepreneurial activity, for instance, but 42nd in patents and 41st in venture capital.