Special Report

Fastest Growing Local Economy in Every State

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1. Alabama: Lee County
> GDP growth 2012-2015: 28.1% (county) 1.2% (state)
> 2015 county GDP: $6.0 billion (3.2% of state GDP)
> Fastest growing industry: Arts, entertainment, and recreation, and accommodation and food services (0.5% employment growth)
> 2017 unemployment: 3.9% (county) 4.4% (state)
> Population: 156,597 (3.2% of state)

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2. Alaska: Aleutians East Borough
> GDP growth 2012-2015: 48.0% (borough) -7.1% (state)
> 2015 county GDP: $164.3 million (0.3% of state GDP)
> Fastest growing industry: Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and mining (4.1% employment growth)
> 2017 unemployment: 2.5% (borough) 7.2% (state)
> Population: 3,338 (0.5% of state)

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3. Arizona: Yavapai County
> GDP growth 2012-2015: 12.7% (county) 4.2% (state)
> 2015 county GDP: $5.4 billion (1.9% of state GDP)
> Fastest growing industry: Professional, scientific, and management, and administrative and waste management services (1.4% employment growth)
> 2017 unemployment: 4.5% (county) 4.9% (state)
> Population: 220,972 (3.2% of state)

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4. Arkansas: Van Buren County
> GDP growth 2012-2015: 100.6% (county) 4.0% (state)
> 2015 county GDP: $768.3 million (0.7% of state GDP)
> Fastest growing industry: Construction (2.5% employment growth)
> 2017 unemployment: 5.4% (county) 3.7% (state)
> Population: 16,751 (0.6% of state)

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5. California: Santa Clara County
> GDP growth 2012-2015: 30.4% (county) 13.1% (state)
> 2015 county GDP: $254.9 billion (10.5% of state GDP)
> Fastest growing industry: Information (0.7% employment growth)
> 2017 unemployment: 3.2% (county) 4.8% (state)
> Population: 1,911,226 (4.9% of state)

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