Butte County's economy is smaller but growing faster than Lawrence County's economy, reports the Black Hills Pioneer in a story about the Black Hills Knowledge Network's analysis of personal income growth.
Butte County's income growth is being driven in part by a growth in sales, which is being driven by manufacturing.
In inflation-adjusted numbers, gross sales grew by 10.8 percent in Butte County, while they fell in Lawrence County by 15 percent.
Much of the increase in Butte County was driven by an 82 percent increase in gross sales in manufacturing that added more than $23 million to the local economy and a major increase in mining activity that brought in another $7 million.
The number of jobs in Butte County increased by 4 percent between the fourth quarter of 2012 and the fourth quarter of 2013, while the number of jobs in Lawrence County grew 0.8 percent.
Read more about the Black Hills region's Work & Economy on the Black Hills Knowledge Network.