Conn. ranks 30th for aerospace: study – Journal Inquirer

Despite being home to major manufacturers like Pratt & Whitney, UTC Aerospace Systems, and Sikorsky Aircraft, Connecticut ranked 30th in the country last year in attractiveness for the aerospace and defense industries, according to a new study.

An analysis by professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers that looked at all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico gave the state high marks for its well-trained and highly educated labor force — coming in second to only Massachusetts — but placed Connecticut near last in other metrics. The state was No. 47 in energy, labor, and transportation costs and No. 48 for tax policy, beating only New Jersey, at 49th, California and New York, which tied at 50th, and Puerto Rico, at 52nd.

Connecticut ranked 14th in industrial strength, a category that measured the maturity, profitability, and size of the aerospace space sector in each state, and received middling scores for its economy and infrastructure.

In keeping with its slightly below average overall ranking, Connecticut placed around the middle of the pack compared to the rest of New England and the Northeast. The state beat out Rhode Island (No. 41), Vermont (No. 48), and Maine (No. 51) but fell behind New York (No. 16), Massachusetts (No. 18), New Hampshire (No. 21), and New Jersey (No. 25).

PricewaterhouseCoopers said it examined characteristics like electricity supply quality, exports, income tax rates, industry growth, labor productivity, manufacturing output, subsidies, and union flexibility, among other measures, to complete the study, which also included a ranking of 209 countries and territories.

Washington state, which analysts said was bolstered by a strong year for Boeing’s commercial aircraft business, came in first in the attractiveness rankings, followed by Texas, where Lockheed Martin’s aeronautics division is headquartered,

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