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6. St. Lucie County, FL
St. Lucie County, FL
Towns include:  Port St. Lucie
Job growth (2000-2007): 50.26%

St. Lucie County in southeastern Florida is working to attract telecommunications and life sciences firms after the housing market bust left construction reeling and tourism in decline.

The public school system and local hospitals are its largest employers, and it's home to a Wal-Mart distribution center due to the county's proximity to interstate crossroads. Its largest private employers include Publix supermarkets, QVC, Riverside National Bank and Harbor Federal Savings Bank. --L.M.

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Last updated July 28 2008: 10:24 AM ET
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