For the second week in a row, Nebraska has landed a top five ranking for business friendliness.

Pollina Corporate Real Estate Inc. of Park Ridge, Ill., on Tuesday released its list of Corporate Top 10 Pro-Business States for 2013, and Nebraska ranked No. 2, up from sixth place in 2012.

The study, a joint effort between the American Economic Development Institute and Pollina Corporate Real Estate, ranks the states on 32 factors controlled by state government, including taxation, human resources, infrastructure, economic incentive programs and state economic development efforts.

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The report gave Nebraska "A"s in unemployment rate, right to work, unemployment insurance, business inventory tax, comprehensive tax on new firms, comprehensive tax on mature firms, litigation environment, transportation infrastructure, incentives and marketing/website/response to new and existing employers. The state received "B"s in high school and college completion and workers' compensation.

Utah topped the ranking for the second straight year. Under Nebraska were North Dakota, Virginia, Wyoming, Kansas, Indiana, South Dakota, Missouri and Alabama.

The Pollina ranking follows last week's announcement that Nebraska ranked fourth in CNBC's 2013 Top States for Business rankings.

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Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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