Special Report

Fastest Shrinking Local Economy in Every State

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46. Virginia: Halifax County
> GDP change 2013-2018: -13.2% (county) +6.8% (state)
> 2018 county GDP: $1.3 billion (0.3% of state GDP)
> Fastest shrinking industry: Educational services
> Unemployment change 2013-2018: -5.0 ppt. (9.1% to 4.1%)
> Median household income: $42,289 (county) $71,564 (state)
> Largest place in county: South Boston

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47. Washington: Ferry County
> GDP change 2013-2018: -1.8% (county) +24.5% (state)
> 2018 county GDP: $193.3 million (0.0% of state GDP)
> Fastest shrinking industry: Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction
> Unemployment change 2013-2018: -1.8 ppt. (13.5% to 11.7%)
> Median household income: $41,924 (county) $70,116 (state)
> Largest place in county: Republic

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48. West Virginia: Boone County
> GDP change 2013-2018: -46.2% (county) +1.9% (state)
> 2018 county GDP: $663.2 million (0.9% of state GDP)
> Fastest shrinking industry: Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction
> Unemployment change 2013-2018: -3.5 ppt. (9.6% to 6.1%)
> Median household income: $38,642 (county) $44,921 (state)
> Largest place in county: Madison

49. Wisconsin: Waushara County
> GDP change 2013-2018: -5.9% (county) +9.2% (state)
> 2018 county GDP: $560.2 million (0.2% of state GDP)
> Fastest shrinking industry: Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction
> Unemployment change 2013-2018: -5.1 ppt. (8.6% to 3.5%)
> Median household income: $51,195 (county) $59,209 (state)
> Largest place in county: Redgranite

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50. Wyoming: Johnson County
> GDP change 2013-2018: -19.2% (county) -1.2% (state)
> 2018 county GDP: $439.0 million (1.2% of state GDP)
> Fastest shrinking industry: Construction
> Unemployment change 2013-2018: -1.1 ppt. (5.1% to 4.0%)
> Median household income: $55,991 (county) $62,268 (state)
> Largest place in county: Buffalo