Special Report

Fastest Shrinking Local Economy in Every State

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16. Kansas: Sheridan County
> GDP change 2013-2018: -30.3% (county) +10.0% (state)
> 2018 county GDP: $131.9 million (0.1% of state GDP)
> Fastest shrinking industry: Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
> Unemployment change 2013-2018: -0.4 ppt. (2.7% to 2.3%)
> Median household income: $56,071 (county) $57,422 (state)
> Largest place in county: Hoxie

17. Kentucky: Union County
> GDP change 2013-2018: -37.3% (county) +4.4% (state)
> 2018 county GDP: $593.5 million (0.3% of state GDP)
> Fastest shrinking industry: Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
> Unemployment change 2013-2018: -2.7 ppt. (7.7% to 5.0%)
> Median household income: $42,844 (county) $48,392 (state)
> Largest place in county: Morganfield

18. Louisiana: St. John the Baptist Parish
> GDP change 2013-2018: -38.8% (county) +4.7% (state)
> 2018 county GDP: $2.4 billion (1.0% of state GDP)
> Fastest shrinking industry: Transportation and warehousing
> Unemployment change 2013-2018: -3.0 ppt. (8.7% to 5.7%)
> Median household income: $54,821 (county) $47,942 (state)
> Largest place in county: Laplace

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19. Maine: Franklin County
> GDP change 2013-2018: -3.0% (county) +9.4% (state)
> 2018 county GDP: $985.0 million (1.7% of state GDP)
> Fastest shrinking industry: Manufacturing
> Unemployment change 2013-2018: -3.7 ppt. (7.7% to 4.0%)
> Median household income: $48,053 (county) $55,425 (state)
> Largest place in county: Farmington

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20. Maryland: Kent County
> GDP change 2013-2018: -1.9% (county) +10.1% (state)
> 2018 county GDP: $831.8 million (0.2% of state GDP)
> Fastest shrinking industry: Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction
> Unemployment change 2013-2018: -2.9 ppt. (7.2% to 4.3%)
> Median household income: $56,009 (county) $81,868 (state)
> Largest place in county: Chestertown