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Funding and Staff Shortages Keep Rural Libraries Focused on the Basics
Dec 15, 2017 - A report from the American Library Association (ALA) found that rural libraries tend to spend more per capita for fewer services and fewer open hours compared to their urban counterparts. Because rural libraries often function to reduce the technology gap between urban and rural areas, this can be especially problematic.
Source: The Daily Yonder
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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 jobs available 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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Opioid, Heroin Overdoses Contributing to Rural Population Decline, USDA Says
Nov 17, 2017 - In its annual survey of rural America, Rural America at a Glance the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that population rates are decreasing in rural areas and that mortality rates of working-age adults are increasing, in part because of opioid overdoses.
Source: KUNC
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Administrator’s Blog: National Rural Health Day (November 16, 2017)
Nov 16, 2017 - Blog post from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) from CMS Administrator Seema Verma on the topic of National Rural Health Day. Touches on challenges faced by rural communities like physician recruitment and what CMS will do to mitigate those challenges and help improve rural health.
Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Blog
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While Lower in Health Rankings, Rural Counties Still Have Advantages
Nov 15, 2017 - Details the results of the 2017 County Health Rankings which found that rural counties are less likely than their urban counterparts to receive high marks for health and are less likely to have organizations, people, and infrastructure in place to improve community health. Also touches on rural advantages that are more difficult to measure, like personal relationships and the interconnected nature of rural communities.
Source: The Daily Yonder
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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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Poverty Rate Lower in Rural America Than Urban Centers
Nov 1, 2017 - According to the 2015 American Community Survey, households in rural areas have lower incomes than those in urban areas but they are less likely to live in poverty. In urban areas, 16% of people live below the official poverty line while only 13.3% of people in rural areas live below the official poverty line.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
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