US cities with the best, worst economies

Even as the energy boom propels some cities to prosperity, others endure factory closures. These are the fastest-growing and fastest-shrinking local economies in America.

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Feb 16, 2014 7:55AM
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So, the city with the biggest bankruptcy in history doesn't even break the bottom 5?
DETROIT!
Can I get an AMEN?

Feb 13, 2014 7:57PM
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What is the 4th time I have seen this article.  Same MSN B.S. delete all the post and try to present the story as new.

 

Feb 14, 2014 10:23AM
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I live in Yuma.  When you have a town near the border with people who just want to sneak into the US for the benefits, 25% of adults have not passed high school, and the # of adults with bachelors, masters, and doctorates is about half the national average, what can you expect?  And most of those who do have college educations are not originally from Yuma. 
Feb 14, 2014 8:14AM
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Why does everything have to be a slideshow on MSN?
Feb 14, 2014 1:10AM
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The Demo-rats welfare party is destroying America..
Feb 13, 2014 10:42PM
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America's most corrupt city: AUBURN, WASHINGTON...  Run by corrupt insiders sticking it to the taxpayers and awarding lucrative municipal no-bid contracts to Ex-mayor's, mayor's and city councilmember's' cronies and burying it under other miscellaneous costs.  Raised utility bills in the city to finance pet projects that fatten their friends' pockets, which in turn gets them quid pro quo.


Throw the bums out!

Feb 14, 2014 11:07AM
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So the city with the 3rd best "economy" in the entire nation has a 9+% unemployment rate and the 4th worst has a 4.8% unemployment rate.

That's like saying a team that was outscored 9 to 5 won the game because it scored the most runs in the 9th inning and was therefore "growing" the fastest at the end.

Feb 16, 2014 10:08AM
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In my opinion, a very poor article. Why not list the cities and the reason they are doing poorly/
Feb 14, 2014 12:52AM
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Ev'r'body be fooked in Obamaville.  mmm, mmm, mmm!

Feb 16, 2014 5:46AM
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How amusing, all of the states with the best economies are VERY red states. But liberals will continue to live in their fantasy world and believe that liberal states like California and cities like Detroit are the bastions of economic heaven.

These extremist homosexual democrats will continue to believe in their fairytale until they lose their job and their family goes hungry. Then and only then it will begin to don on their dim little minds that it is NOT George Bush's fault.

Feb 16, 2014 6:59AM
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Well...let's see...ALL of the BEST economies in RED states, with the exception of ONE state, all of the BAD economies in either blue states, or one which USED TO BE a blue state!

So much for all the tripe about how bad the red states are! The one which used to be blue, is now red, and improving.

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Baloney.  There is no "recovery."  You're just covering up for this incompetent Marxist administration.  "Thou shalt not bear false witness" (9th Commandment).  This article is lying, and the writers thereof will answer to the Lord Jesus Christ on Judgment Day.
Feb 16, 2014 7:51AM
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If only Nurses and Doctor could write the Health care program as we are the ones who provide the care and see the outcomes. We know what works for our patients. Doctors and Nurses are the core of the solutions that could resolve our Healthcare problems. Eliminating special interest groups and tort reform would help as well. **Everyone ** including Obama and his minions. NO exemptions, should fall under the program that he imitated and see how they like the lines and hassles that the everyday "people" live with. Obama is the most corrupt President we have ever had. Are we really supposed to believe him  or  our "lying eyes" (according to the Demo's) when we see the results of his healthcare program. Taking away the incentive to work is just asinine. it is just dismaying to see people lay around for their food stamps and gov't checks to roll in so they can stuff their bellies, drink their beer, and fornicate all day. No wonder 60% of America is overweight. Fast food is that culprit though  and that will be the focus of the Democrats next war as we are too stupid to look out for ourselves. 
Feb 13, 2014 9:28PM
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On any given day, HOuston will add more people (1100 per day) and more economic opportunity than all 10 of these cities put together.
Feb 14, 2014 10:41AM
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Although, the Dakotas are booming states because of oil and other factors, the climate is a bit brrrrrr... coooold up yonder ways. I'm not a cold weather person, by no means. I like my southern climate much better, thank you! The last few weeks it hasn't been that way, for sure. Texas seems to be going strong as always. I have always liked Texas. I went there a few times and felt like I had entered a time machine into the future about five years. They are so much more advanced than a few other states in the south. Outside the Alabama and Florida coastal areas, Texas would be my next destination.
Feb 16, 2014 5:53AM
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Yuma is not a very good example. Yuma is a town heavily dependent on tourism and as the article says, the military. Arizona as a whole is doing very well economically. So Yuma is an outlier.
Feb 16, 2014 8:49AM
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Odessa -- i love the smell of butane in the morning

Feb 14, 2014 6:16AM
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"If you're a small metro area depending on a vulnerable export sector, once that industry goes, you're in big trouble,"

That will especially be the case if Free Market in Crude was allowed to exist. Booms can quickly become busts.
Feb 16, 2014 5:54AM
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How amusing, all of the cities with the best economies are in VERY red states. But liberals will continue to live in their fantasy world and believe that liberal states like California and cities like Detroit are the bastions of economic heaven.

These extremist homosexual democrats will continue to believe in their fairytale until they lose their job and their family goes hungry. Then and only then it will begin to don on their dim little minds that it is NOT George Bush's fault.
Feb 14, 2014 12:32PM
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I had heard Yuma AZ was booming a while ago.Most of the good and bad cities mentioned

isn`t where I`d go.

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