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Fastest Growing Local Economy in Every State

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46. Virginia: Warren County
> GDP growth 2012-2015: 51.8% (county) 2.1% (state)
> 2015 county GDP: $1.6 billion (0.4% of state GDP)
> Fastest growing industry: Educational services, and health care and social assistance (2.4% employment growth)
> 2017 unemployment: 3.7% (county) 3.8% (state)
> Population: 38,991 (0.5% of state)

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47. Washington: Whatcom County
> GDP growth 2012-2015: 35.7% (county) 10.5% (state)
> 2015 county GDP: $11.9 billion (2.7% of state GDP)
> Fastest growing industry: Educational services, and health care and social assistance (1.2% employment growth)
> 2017 unemployment: 5.0% (county) 4.8% (state)
> Population: 212,738 (3.0% of state)

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48. West Virginia: Doddridge County
> GDP growth 2012-2015: 134.8% (county) 0.2% (state)
> 2015 county GDP: $262.3 million (0.4% of state GDP)
> Fastest growing industry: Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and mining (5.5% employment growth)
> 2017 unemployment: 4.2% (county) 5.2% (state)
> Population: 8,570 (0.5% of state)

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49. Wisconsin: Forest County
> GDP growth 2012-2015: 20.9% (county) 4.0% (state)
> 2015 county GDP: $346.9 million (0.1% of state GDP)
> Fastest growing industry: Educational services, and health care and social assistance (1.0% employment growth)
> 2017 unemployment: 5.1% (county) 3.3% (state)
> Population: 9,035 (0.2% of state)

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50. Wyoming: Lincoln County
> GDP growth 2012-2015: 24.5% (county) 3.0% (state)
> 2015 county GDP: $1.0 billion (2.5% of state GDP)
> Fastest growing industry: Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and mining (1.4% employment growth)
> 2017 unemployment: 3.7% (county) 4.2% (state)
> Population: 18,791 (3.2% of state)

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