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Two-Thirds of Rural Counties Have Fewer Jobs Today Than in 2007
Dec 6, 2017 - According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, rural counties continue to have fewer job availability than they had before the recession in 2007. 40% of urban counties have fewer jobs than they did in 2007, compared to two-thirds of rural counties. Rural unemployment rates have dropped, but this is because the rural workforce has declined. Includes an interactive map with county-level data.
Source: The Daily Yonder
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Amid Rural Hospital Crisis, One Georgia Hospital Thrives
Nov 27, 2017 - Highlights the successes of a rural Georgia hospital that was close to closure ten years ago. Recognizing their perilous position, the hospital gambled by investing in more programs rather than cutting back. Their nursing home began a ventilator care program. The hospital invested in specialized equipment and staff, opened a pharmacy, worked to offer more services to reduce emergency room visits, and used social workers to help uninsured, disabled, and homeless patients find insurance coverage.
Source: 90.1 FM WABE
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Rural Food-Stamp Usage Holds Steady While National Rate Declines
Nov 14, 2017 - Use of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) continues to decline nationally, but rural areas have not seen a significant decrease in usage. Details the ways in which SNAP use rates can reflect other economic trends.
Source: The Daily Yonder
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As Coal Falls, a Digital Revolution Begins in Appalachia. This Hurdle Blocks the Way.
Nov 12, 2017 - Details attempts to diversify Kentucky's rural economy in an effort to counteract the economic impacts of coal mines closing, focusing on a software development company and a telecommuting company. Although these companies have made progress and offer promising opportunities, limited access to broadband internet connection is a serious barrier for potential telecommuting employees and for business expansion.
Source: Lexington Herald Leader
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Perdue Announces Farm Service Agency and Rural Development State Directors
Nov 3, 2017 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced new Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Rural Development (RD) State Directors. FSA State Directors help implement USDA policies in planning, organizing, and administering FSA programs, while RD State Directors work to help improve the economy and quality of life in rural America.
Source: United States Department of Agriculture
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