Special Report

Fastest Shrinking Local Economy in Every State

41. South Dakota: Potter County
> GDP change 2013-2018: -50.3% (county) +6.6% (state)
> 2018 county GDP: $137.6 million (0.3% of state GDP)
> Fastest shrinking industry: Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
> Unemployment change 2013-2018: -0.3 ppt. (3.8% to 3.5%)
> Median household income: $53,600 (county) $56,499 (state)
> Largest place in county: Gettysburg

42. Tennessee: Unicoi County
> GDP change 2013-2018: -13.1% (county) +12.9% (state)
> 2018 county GDP: $494.8 million (0.2% of state GDP)
> Fastest shrinking industry: Construction
> Unemployment change 2013-2018: -5.6 ppt. (10.5% to 4.9%)
> Median household income: $39,851 (county) $50,972 (state)
> Largest place in county: Erwin

Source: Billy Hathorn / Wikimedia Commons

43. Texas: Wheeler County
> GDP change 2013-2018: -43.6% (county) +16.3% (state)
> 2018 county GDP: $1.1 billion (0.1% of state GDP)
> Fastest shrinking industry: Utilities
> Unemployment change 2013-2018: -1.1 ppt. (4.3% to 3.2%)
> Median household income: $49,352 (county) $59,570 (state)
> Largest place in county: Shamrock

Source: Ken Lund / Flickr

44. Utah: Millard County
> GDP change 2013-2018: -8.4% (county) +20.4% (state)
> 2018 county GDP: $773.8 million (0.5% of state GDP)
> Fastest shrinking industry: Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
> Unemployment change 2013-2018: -0.8 ppt. (4.1% to 3.3%)
> Median household income: $60,445 (county) $68,374 (state)
> Largest place in county: Delta

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45. Vermont: Caledonia County
> GDP change 2013-2018: -1.7% (county) +4.4% (state)
> 2018 county GDP: $1.0 billion (3.4% of state GDP)
> Fastest shrinking industry: Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction
> Unemployment change 2013-2018: -2.0 ppt. (5.3% to 3.3%)
> Median household income: $49,348 (county) $60,076 (state)
> Largest place in county: St. Johnsbury