For a second straight year, Sacramento earned an "F" grade from a group measuring small-business friendliness among cities nationwide.
Last year, San Francisco-based Thumbtack.com, which fosters the hiring of local help for various jobs, ranked Sacramento dead last. This year, Sacramento at least ranked ahead of last-place Newark, N.J.
Thumbtack, along with the Kansas City, Mo.-based Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, surveyed 7,700 small-businesses owners nationwide, asking questions about various factors.
Sacramento received failing grades in six categories, including employment, regulations and health/safety.
Sacramento's top grade was "C" for ease of starting a business.
California received a "D" grade this year, up from an "F" in 2012. The state ranked above average in online resources for small businesses.
The nation's top-ranked cities are Austin, Texas; Virginia Beach-Norfolk, Va.; Houston; Colorado Springs, Colo.; and San Antonio, respectively.
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