Special Report

Fastest Growing Local Economy in Every State

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16. Kansas: Meade County
> GDP growth 2012-2015: 28.2% (county) 3.2% (state)
> 2015 county GDP: $236.4 million (0.2% of state GDP)
> Fastest growing industry: Construction (4.0% employment growth)
> 2017 unemployment: 2.4% (county) 3.6% (state)
> Population: 4,295 (0.1% of state)

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17. Kentucky: Livingston County
> GDP growth 2012-2015: 51.9% (county) 2.4% (state)
> 2015 county GDP: $385.5 million (0.2% of state GDP)
> Fastest growing industry: Retail trade (5.6% employment growth)
> 2017 unemployment: 7.5% (county) 4.9% (state)
> Population: 9,288 (0.2% of state)

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18. Louisiana: Cameron Parish
> GDP growth 2012-2015: 110.6% (parish) -0.9% (state)
> 2015 county GDP: $1.0 billion (0.4% of state GDP)
> Fastest growing industry: Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and mining (3.3% employment growth)
> 2017 unemployment: 3.6% (parish) 5.1% (state)
> Population: 6,806 (0.1% of state)

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19. Maine: Piscataquis County
> GDP growth 2012-2015: 9.7% (county) 1.4% (state)
> 2015 county GDP: $426.7 million (0.8% of state GDP)
> Fastest growing industry: Educational services, and health care and social assistance (1.4% employment growth)
> 2017 unemployment: 4.0% (county) 3.3% (state)
> Population: 16,960 (1.3% of state)

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20. Maryland: Washington County
> GDP growth 2012-2015: 26.8% (county) 2.9% (state)
> 2015 county GDP: $7.3 billion (2.1% of state GDP)
> Fastest growing industry: Transportation and warehousing, and utilities (0.9% employment growth)
> 2017 unemployment: 4.6% (county) 4.1% (state)
> Population: 149,546 (2.5% of state)

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