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Chattanooga among fastest growing cities coming out of the recession

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - Chattanooga was among the leading cities in economic growth coming out of the recession, according to a study released today.

NerdWallet, an online financial advisory service, compared changes in unemployment, household income and home values among America’s 510 biggest cities and ranked Chattanooga No. 6 for growth from 2009 to 2012.

Chattanooga’s annual unemployment rate fell from 9.5 percent in 2009 at the depths of the recession to only 7.5 percent in 2012. In the same period, median household income grew in Chattanooga by 13.5 percent and median home values rose 14 percent, according to census bureau and labor department reports.

Chattanooga was the only Southeast city among the top 10 ranked in the recession recovery index. Eight of the top 10 cities were in Texas and the other top 10 city was Fargo, N.D. Most of the fastest growing cities like Chattanooga were mid-sized cities.

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