RICHMOND, Va (WRIC) – North Carolina and Washington state knocked Old Dominion off the top podium spot in CNBC’s top states for business in 2022.

While Virginia ranks above the new rulers in the area of infrastructure, the Tarheel and Evergreen states bested Old Dominion in the areas of workforce, cost of doing business, economy, and technology and innovation.

In the area of life, health and inclusion, Washington state rose above North Carolina, the overall winner in the ranking.

On the Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s homepage, a square still touted a 2021 CNBC article announcing, “Virginia is back as America’s Top State for Business in 2021.”

The ranking was a policy achievement that Democrats often touted on the campaign trail.

Youngkin had historically downplayed the top-spot ranking previously held by the commonwealth, a sentiment that he reiterated on Wednesday.

“Virginia has not been performing like the best state for business and I was very clear with that all last year during the campaign,” Youngkin told reporters. “The two areas that I’m very concerned about are the cost of doing business and the cost of living — and this is where we’re really focused.”

Many weighed in on Virginia’s drop in ranking on social media.

“[Governor Glenn] Youngkin is putting us in the ditch,” Virginia Democrats tweeted this morning in response to the news of the drop in ranking.

Two other rankings were not as generous. Virginia ranked at number seven among all 50 states according to U.S. News and World Report and number four overall, according to Forbes.