Gillette economy ranks 2nd strongest in nation

Gillette, Wy – An economic research firm says Gillette had the nation's second-strongest economy in 2010 out of 576 small cities studied.

Rock Springs was fifth and Jackson 10th in the rankings by Florida-based economics research firm Policom.

The firm specializes in analyzing local and state economies. The company ranks metropolitan and micropolitan areas each year based on several economic factors.

A micropolitan area must have an urbanized area with a population of 10,000 to 50,000 residents.

The research firm takes into account multiple factors when creating the rankings, including jobs, per capita personal income, how the local economy is behaving and population growth trends.