(FOX NEWS) — The United States is losing its competitive edge.

So says a new report from the World Economic Forum which found the U.S. slipping in dozens of areas compared with just a few years ago. Perhaps most troubling is the conclusion that since 2008, the United States has slid from No. 1 in the world in “global competitiveness” to No. 7 this year.

Out-ranking America are: Switzerland, Singapore, Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands and Germany.

Sure, it’s just a number. But the WEF’s ranking takes into account a broad range of factors, from debt to corruption to regulation to red tape to education to health care.

  • Text smaller
  • Text bigger
Note: Read our discussion guidelines before commenting.