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Fastest Growing Local Economy in Every State

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31. New Mexico: Eddy County
> GDP growth 2012-2015: 52.7% (county) 3.7% (state)
> 2015 county GDP: $6.7 billion (7.4% of state GDP)
> Fastest growing industry: Retail trade (1.6% employment growth)
> 2017 unemployment: 5.3% (county) 6.2% (state)
> Population: 56,793 (2.7% of state)

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32. New York: Steuben County
> GDP growth 2012-2015: 24.0% (county) 3.6% (state)
> 2015 county GDP: $4.4 billion (0.3% of state GDP)
> Fastest growing industry: Professional, scientific, and management, and administrative and waste management services (1.5% employment growth)
> 2017 unemployment: 5.8% (county) 4.7% (state)
> Population: 97,539 (0.5% of state)

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33. North Carolina: Alleghany County
> GDP growth 2012-2015: 92.1% (county) 6.4% (state)
> 2015 county GDP: $411.5 million (0.1% of state GDP)
> Fastest growing industry: Retail trade (4.3% employment growth)
> 2017 unemployment: 5.2% (county) 4.6% (state)
> Population: 10,935 (0.1% of state)

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34. North Dakota: McKenzie County
> GDP growth 2012-2015: 47.7% (county) 6.3% (state)
> 2015 county GDP: $2.0 billion (3.7% of state GDP)
> Fastest growing industry: Transportation and warehousing, and utilities (4.5% employment growth)
> 2017 unemployment: 2.5% (county) 2.6% (state)
> Population: 11,679 (1.6% of state)

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35. Ohio: Harrison County
> GDP growth 2012-2015: 129.5% (county) 6.7% (state)
> 2015 county GDP: $732.2 million (0.1% of state GDP)
> Fastest growing industry: Manufacturing (3.1% employment growth)
> 2017 unemployment: 6.0% (county) 5.0% (state)
> Population: 15,397 (0.1% of state)

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