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Rural America at a Glance, 2016 Edition

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service (ERS) released  Rural America at a Glance, 2016 Edition (PDF) in November.  This annual publication presents demographic and economic information about the rural United States, including showing trends over time.  Highlighted findings from this latest edition:

“Unemployment continued to decline in rural areas in 2015, falling close to levels last seen before the Great Recession, as employment continued to grow. After declining for several years, rural population stabilized. Median annual earnings rose in rural areas and poverty fell markedly in 2015, as in urban areas; the rise in earnings occurred across most major industry sectors. Trends in poverty and median household income were similar across county economic types. While employment in recreation is associated with relatively low earnings, recreation counties overall had relatively high levels of household income and low levels of poverty in 2015.”

More information from ERS is available here.

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