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Resources by Topic: Employment and unemployment

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Job Losses Hit Rural Areas Still Recovering From Great Recession
Reports on unemployment rates during the COVID-19 pandemic from 2020-2021 by race and rural versus urban designation.
Author(s): Austin Sanders
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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How Internal Wealth Influences Communities' Prospects Post-Covid
Examines county-level asset income of 15 community types in the U.S. as defined by the American Communities Project. Discusses issues such as unemployment, income inequality, child poverty, housing, and residential segregation in relation to COVID-19 impacts. Includes a tool to search asset income by county.
Author(s): Dante Chinni, Ari Pinkus
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Communities Project
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After Two Years of Covid, Economic and Health Woes Persist in Diverse North Carolina Counties
Compares urban Mecklenburg County with rural Anson County and the differing impacts of COVID-19 on the areas. Discusses income, employment, housing, residential segregation, and the availability of hospital beds for COVID-19 treatment in the North Carolina counties.
Author(s): Ari Pinkus, Dante Chinni
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Communities Project
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U.S. Employment in Metro and Nonmetro Areas, 2007–21
Line chart showing metropolitan and nonmetro employment by year.
Date: 05/2022
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Disability Maps: Nonworking Out of School Youth and Young Adults
Interactive map displaying state- and county-level demographic and socioeconomic data on nonworking out-of-school youth and young adults (OSY) with disabilities. Includes data on race and ethnicity, high school completion, and poverty.
Date: 04/2022
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Mathematica
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Rural Rising: Economic Development Strategies for America's Heartland
Discusses various economic development strategies and categorizes rural communities in 5 archetypes based on proximity to urban areas, tourism, and economic drivers. Offers examples of economic development in different types of rural communities and highlights elements of thriving rural communities, including workforce, access to broadband and healthcare, and community partnerships.
Author(s): Mike Kerlin, Neil O'Farrell, Rachel Riley, Rachel Schaff
Date: 03/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: McKinsey and Company
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U.S. Unemployment Rates for the Prime-Working-Age Population (ages 25 to 54) in Metro and Nonmetro Areas by Race/Ethnicity, 2007–21
Bar chart showing metro and nonmetro unemployment rates in 2007, 2019, 2020, and 2021 for the following populations aged 25-54: White, Black or African American, and Hispanic or Latino.
Date: 03/2022
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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U.S. Labor Force Participation Rates in Metro and Nonmetro Areas by Age Groups, 2007-21
Bar chart showing metro and nonmetro labor force participation in 2007, 2019, 2020, and 2021 by age group for those aged 16-24, 25-64, and 65 and older.
Date: 03/2022
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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2022 Status of Women and Girls in Minnesota
Report examining economic opportunity, safety, health and wellness, and leadership equality among women and girls in Minnesota based on data from the American Community Survey, Minnesota Student Survey, and other sources. Highlights disparities in safety, access to healthy foods, and healthcare access for rural populations.
Date: 03/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Women's Foundation of Minnesota
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What Can You Learn About Counties from the American Community Survey?
Interactive mapping system that highlights and provides access to county-level data on key topics from the 2016-2020 American Community Survey 5-year estimates, including poverty rates, educational attainment, health insurance coverage, and more.
Date: 03/2022
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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