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Resources by Topic: Employment and unemployment

COVID-19 Demographic and Economic Resources
Provides access to U.S. Census Bureau data useful in pandemic-related decision-making, as well as data from other federal agencies. Offers state and county impact planning reports that provide sociodemographic data, including data on at-risk populations, poverty, and health insurance coverage. Also provides data on businesses and employment.
Date: 04/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Redefining Rural: Towards a Better Understanding of Geography, Demography, and Economy in America's Rural Places
Offers a hybrid definition of rurality based on metro and non-metro definitions from the Office of Management and Budget, Rural-Urban Continuum Codes, and considers outlying communities in metro and micropolitan counties as rural. Compares rural and non-rural poverty rates, economic well-being, population changes, and other characteristics to represent counties in economic distress.
Author(s): Kennedy O'Dell
Date: 03/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Economic Innovation Group
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Change in U.S. Employment from 12 Months Earlier in Metro and Nonmetro areas, January 2019 to December 2020
Line chart showing the change in employment compared to 12 months earlier, for metropolitan and nonmetro areas.
Date: 03/2021
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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The COVID-19 Pandemic and Rural America
Provides an overview of how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting rural areas. Includes charts and maps showing the spread of COVID-19 in rural areas and unemployment during the pandemic.
Date: 03/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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U.S. County Unemployment Rates During the Week of November 12, 2020
Map showing county-level unemployment rates.
Date: 03/2021
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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U.S. Monthly Unemployment Rates in Metro and Nonmetro Areas, January 2007 to December 2020
Line chart show unemployment rates for metropolitan and nonmetro areas.
Date: 03/2021
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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U.S. Unemployment Rates by County Economic Type and Metro Status, Week Including November 12, 2020
Bar chart showing unemployment rates for metropolitan and nonmetro counties by economic type for counties dependent on farming, mining, manufacturing, government, and recreation and for counties that are nonspecialized.
Date: 03/2021
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Broadband Today: Rural America's Critical Connection
Report discussing the importance of broadband to connecting rural communities, including its role in rural businesses, telehealth access, education, and agriculture. Addresses the impacts of COVID-19 on remote work, telehealth delivery, and changes to business and consumer activity, and explores future steps for broadband funding and adoption in rural areas.
Date: 02/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Foundation for Rural Service
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365 Days of Covid-19 In Rural America
Reports on COVID-19 cases in rural areas between February 20, 2020 and February 20, 2021. Includes maps and charts looking at changes over time, comparing nonmetro to metro cases, and examining rural per capita COVID-19 rates. Also includes data on rural unemployment and housing.
Date: 02/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Housing Assistance Council
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Child Care in Rural Minnesota After 2020: A Unique Opportunity
Summarizes changes in child care in Minnesota from 2000-2020. Describes the COVID-19 pandemic's effect on child care and employment, and features discussion on how a lack of child care can affect parents' abilities to secure and maintain jobs. Includes data and statistics on changes in child care provider licenses and capacity. Offers recommendations for recovering from the pandemic and keeping child care intact in rural Minnesota.
Additional links: Webinar Recording
Author(s): Marnie Werner
Date: 02/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Policy and Development
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