Analysis: Kemper County has fastest growing local economy in Mississippi


Kemper County was ranked the top-performing local economy in Mississippi in a Wall St. 24/7 analysis of counties’ gross domestic product growth from 2012 to 2015.

Kemper County recorded a 47.8 percent GDP growth rate over that three-year period, according to the study, which pegged the size of the county’s GDP at $421 million. Its fastest growing industry was manufacturing, the report found.

The GDP doubled in several counties on the Wall St. 24/7 ranking. The only state with no counties that grew faster than the national 7.3 percent GDP increase from 2012 to 2015 was Connecticut.

Most of the fast-growing counties in the analysis also reported median household income growth and unemployment declines.

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Fastest Growing Local Economies by State

StateCounty With Highest GDP Growth% GrowthCounty GDP AmountFastest Growing Industry
AlabamaLee28.1%$6 billionArts, entertainment and recreation
AlaskaAleutians East Borough48.0%$164.3 millionAgriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
ArizonaYavapai12.7%$5.4 billionProfessional, scientific and management
ArkansasVan Buren100.6%$768.3 millionConstruction
CaliforniaSanta Clara30.4%$254.9 billionInformation
ColoradoDolores80.0%$65.8 millionArts, entertainment and recreation
ConnecticutHartford0.2%$74.9 billionProfessional, scientific and management
DelawareSussex43.8%$13.9 billionEducational services and health care and social assistance
FloridaWalton53.0%$2.5 billionProfessional, scientific and management
GeorgiaTelfair54.1%$351.4 millionTransportation and warehousing and utilities
HawaiiKauai9.9%$3.7 billionArts, entertainment and recreation
IdahoPayette31.0%$788 millionEducational services and health care and social assistance
IllinoisHamilton47.5%$220.6 millionAgriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
IndianaLawrence36.6%$1.3 billionRetail trade
IowaLyon46.7%$926 millionEducational services and health care and social assistance
KansasMeade28.2%$236.4 millionConstruction
KentuckyLivingston51.9%$385.5 millionRetail trade
LouisianaCameron Parish110.6%$1 billionAgriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
MainePiscataquis 9.7%$426.7 millionEducational services and health care and social assistance
MarylandWashington26.8%$7.3 billionTransportation and warehousing and utilities
MassachusettsNantucket35.9%$1.1 billionEducational services and health care and social assistance
MichiganMackinac87.7%$629 millionArts, entertainment and recreation
MinnesotaCarver18.5%$4.8 billionArts, entertainment and recreation
MississippiKemper47.8%$421 millionManufacturing
MissouriPutnam52.7%$273.6 millionProfessional, scientific and management
MontanaGolden Valley82.0%$41.5 millionAgriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
NebraskaMcPherson48.8%$22.3 millionArts, entertainment and recreation
NevadaClark12.7%$97.2 billionArts, entertainment and recreation
New HampshireRockingham8.8%$18.4 billionEducational services and health care and social assistance
New JerseySomerset29.6%$37.4 billionProfessional, scientific and management
New MexicoEddy52.7%$6.7 billionRetail trade
New YorkSteuben24.0%$4.4 billionProfessional, scientific and management
North CarolinaAlleghany92.1%$411.5 millionRetail trade
North DakotaMcKenzie47.7%$2 billionTransportation and warehousing and utilities
OhioHarrison129.5%$732.2 millionManufacturing
OklahomaWashington106.3%$5.5 billionEducational services and health care and social assistance
OregonWheeler67.7%$38.8 millionEducational services and health care and social assistance
PennsylvaniaWarren42.3%$2 billionAgriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
Rhode IslandWashington12.2%$5.7 billionArts, entertainment and recreation
South CarolinaLaurens142.8%$3.4 billionArts, entertainment and recreation
South DakotaAurora41.2%$148.7 millionEducational services and health care and social assistance
TennesseeLake79.6%$200.5 millionAgriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
TexasRoberts219.6%$69 millionAgriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
UtahBeaver39.7%$423.5 millionRetail trade
VermontLamoille16.1%$1.2 billionRetail trade
VirginiaWarren51.8%$1.6 billionEducational services and health care and social assistance
WashingtonWhatcom35.7%$11.9 billionEducational services and health care and social assistance
West VirginiaDoddridge134.8%$262.3 millionAgriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
WisconsinForest20.9%$346.9 millionEducational services and health care and social assistance
WyomingLincoln24.5%$1 billionAgriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
Source: Wall St. 24/7

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