Special Report

Fastest Growing Local Economy in Every State

1. Alabama: Chambers County
> GDP change 2013-2018: +52.0% (county) +5.5% (state)
> 2018 county GDP: $1.9 billion (1.0% of state GDP)
> Fastest growing industry: Manufacturing
> Unemployment change 2013-2018: -4.1 ppt. (8.0% to 3.9%)
> Median household income: $39,872 (county) $48,486 (state)
> Largest place in county: Valley

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2. Alaska: Aleutians East Borough
> GDP change 2013-2018: +42.1% (county) -3.0% (state)
> 2018 county GDP: $201.6 million (0.4% of state GDP)
> Fastest growing industry: Information
> Unemployment change 2013-2018: -3.0 ppt. (6.0% to 3.0%)
> Median household income: $69,706 (county) $76,715 (state)
> Largest place in county: Sand Point

3. Arizona: Graham County
> GDP change 2013-2018: +30.6% (county) +15.4% (state)
> 2018 county GDP: $1.1 billion (0.4% of state GDP)
> Fastest growing industry: Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction
> Unemployment change 2013-2018: -2.6 ppt. (7.7% to 5.1%)
> Median household income: $51,352 (county) $56,213 (state)
> Largest place in county: Safford

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4. Arkansas: Cleveland County
> GDP change 2013-2018: +28.9% (county) +4.9% (state)
> 2018 county GDP: $169.8 million (0.1% of state GDP)
> Fastest growing industry: Manufacturing
> Unemployment change 2013-2018: -3.7 ppt. (7.6% to 3.9%)
> Median household income: $42,460 (county) $45,726 (state)
> Largest place in county: Rison

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5. California: Santa Clara County
> GDP change 2013-2018: +49.6% (county) +22.5% (state)
> 2018 county GDP: $316.5 billion (11.6% of state GDP)
> Fastest growing industry: Management of companies and enterprises
> Unemployment change 2013-2018: -3.9 ppt. (6.5% to 2.6%)
> Median household income: $116,178 (county) $71,228 (state)
> Largest place in county: San Jose