The nation is facing an unemployment crisis. The official unemployment rate continues to hover at the 9 percent level, and there are millions of unemployed Americans who aren’t included in this figure. However, unemployment isn’t a major issue in every community. In fact, some parts of the nation are seeing extraordinary gains in employment, and a new article by CNNMoney.com highlights these communities.
The article explores the 25 counties in the nation that have had the most job growth in the last decade. Topping the list is Rockwall County in Texas, which experienced a 97.9 percent job growth rate between 2000 and 2010. Although Rockwall County is the smallest county in Texas, it is one of the fastest-growing areas of the state. Major employers in the area include L-3 Communications and Pilgrim’s Pride.
Williamson County in Texas comes in at the number three spot on the list with 68.1 percent job growth in the last decade. Williamson County includes the city of Round Rock, which is the home of Dell Computers. With about 15,000 employees in the Round Rock area, Dell is the county’s largest employer.
Texas wasn’t the only state with more than one county on the top 25 list, but its first- and third-place positions bode well for the state’s economy. If you want to find out what the other 23 top counties for job growth were, check out the CNNMoney.com feature, Where the jobs are.