Special Report

Fastest Growing Local Economy in Every State

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21. Massachusetts: Nantucket County
> GDP growth 2012-2015: 35.9% (county) 5.8% (state)
> 2015 county GDP: $1.1 billion (0.2% of state GDP)
> Fastest growing industry: Educational services, and health care and social assistance (2.6% employment growth)
> 2017 unemployment: 4.4% (county) 3.7% (state)
> Population: 10,912 (0.2% of state)

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22. Michigan: Mackinac County
> GDP growth 2012-2015: 87.7% (county) 5.1% (state)
> 2015 county GDP: $629.0 million (0.1% of state GDP)
> Fastest growing industry: Arts, entertainment, and recreation, and accommodation and food services (2.7% employment growth)
> 2017 unemployment: 10.2% (county) 4.6% (state)
> Population: 10,836 (0.1% of state)

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23. Minnesota: Carver County
> GDP growth 2012-2015: 18.5% (county) 5.7% (state)
> 2015 county GDP: $4.8 billion (1.6% of state GDP)
> Fastest growing industry: Arts, entertainment, and recreation, and accommodation and food services (0.4% employment growth)
> 2017 unemployment: 2.9% (county) 3.5% (state)
> Population: 98,799 (1.8% of state)

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24. Mississippi: Kemper County
> GDP growth 2012-2015: 47.8% (county) 0.1% (state)
> 2015 county GDP: $421.0 million (0.4% of state GDP)
> Fastest growing industry: Manufacturing (5.8% employment growth)
> 2017 unemployment: 7.9% (county) 5.1% (state)
> Population: 10,082 (0.3% of state)

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25. Missouri: Putnam County
> GDP growth 2012-2015: 52.7% (county) 2.6% (state)
> 2015 county GDP: $273.6 million (0.1% of state GDP)
> Fastest growing industry: Professional, scientific, and management, and administrative and waste management services (3.7% employment growth)
> 2017 unemployment: 3.9% (county) 3.8% (state)
> Population: 4,846 (0.1% of state)

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