Special Report

Fastest Growing Local Economy in Every State

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6. Colorado: Dolores County
> GDP growth 2012-2015: 80.0% (county) 12.5% (state)
> 2015 county GDP: $65.8 million (0.0% of state GDP)
> Fastest growing industry: Arts, entertainment, and recreation, and accommodation and food services (23.7% employment growth)
> 2017 unemployment: 3.0% (county) 2.8% (state)
> Population: 1,736 (0.0% of state)

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7. Connecticut: Hartford County
> GDP growth 2012-2015: 0.2% (county) -0.7% (state)
> 2015 county GDP: $74.9 billion (31.0% of state GDP)
> Fastest growing industry: Professional, scientific, and management, and administrative and waste management services (0.8% employment growth)
> 2017 unemployment: 4.8% (county) 4.7% (state)
> Population: 897,417 (25.0% of state)

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8. Delaware: Sussex County
> GDP growth 2012-2015: 43.8% (county) 5.9% (state)
> 2015 county GDP: $13.9 billion (21.2% of state GDP)
> Fastest growing industry: Educational services, and health care and social assistance (1.2% employment growth)
> 2017 unemployment: 4.6% (county) 4.6% (state)
> Population: 215,551 (22.8% of state)

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9. Florida: Walton County
> GDP growth 2012-2015: 53.0% (county) 8.8% (state)
> 2015 county GDP: $2.5 billion (0.3% of state GDP)
> Fastest growing industry: Professional, scientific, and management, and administrative and waste management services (3.8% employment growth)
> 2017 unemployment: 3.6% (county) 4.2% (state)
> Population: 63,457 (0.3% of state)

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10. Georgia: Telfair County
> GDP growth 2012-2015: 54.1% (county) 8.0% (state)
> 2015 county GDP: $351.4 million (0.1% of state GDP)
> Fastest growing industry: Transportation and warehousing, and utilities (3.3% employment growth)
> 2017 unemployment: 7.8% (county) 4.7% (state)
> Population: 16,339 (0.2% of state)

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