Where the jobs are

Especially in a tough economy, plentiful job opportunities are key to making a great place to live. These 25 counties have experienced the most job growth over the last eight years.

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7. Henry County, GA
Henry County, GA
Towns include:  McDonough, Stockbridge
Job growth (2000-2008): 60.5%

Opportunities in Henry County are revving up, and it's not just because The Atlanta Motor Speedway, located in Hampton, contributes half a billion dollars to the region each year.

The largely suburban community outside of Atlanta has benefited from its close proximity to the city and the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

The public school system is by far the county's largest employer, with 4,500 employees, followed by the local government.

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Last updated July 21 2009: 4:23 PM ET
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