Special Report

Fastest Growing Local Economy in Every State

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11. Hawaii: Kauai County
> GDP growth 2012-2015: 9.9% (county) 4.7% (state)
> 2015 county GDP: $3.7 billion (4.8% of state GDP)
> Fastest growing industry: Arts, entertainment, and recreation, and accommodation and food services (1.2% employment growth)
> 2017 unemployment: 2.4% (county) 2.4% (state)
> Population: 71,093 (5.0% of state)

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12. Idaho: Payette County
> GDP growth 2012-2015: 31.0% (county) 9.3% (state)
> 2015 county GDP: $788.0 million (1.2% of state GDP)
> Fastest growing industry: Educational services, and health care and social assistance (5.3% employment growth)
> 2017 unemployment: 3.9% (county) 3.2% (state)
> Population: 22,839 (1.4% of state)

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13. Illinois: Hamilton County
> GDP growth 2012-2015: 47.5% (county) 2.8% (state)
> 2015 county GDP: $220.6 million (0.0% of state GDP)
> Fastest growing industry: Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and mining (4.8% employment growth)
> 2017 unemployment: 4.4% (county) 5.0% (state)
> Population: 8,259 (0.1% of state)

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14. Indiana: Lawrence County
> GDP growth 2012-2015: 36.6% (county) 4.2% (state)
> 2015 county GDP: $1.3 billion (0.4% of state GDP)
> Fastest growing industry: Retail trade (1.7% employment growth)
> 2017 unemployment: 4.4% (county) 3.5% (state)
> Population: 45,669 (0.7% of state)

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15. Iowa: Lyon County
> GDP growth 2012-2015: 46.7% (county) 6.9% (state)
> 2015 county GDP: $926.0 million (0.6% of state GDP)
> Fastest growing industry: Educational services, and health care and social assistance (2.6% employment growth)
> 2017 unemployment: 1.8% (county) 3.1% (state)
> Population: 11,745 (0.4% of state)

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