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Resources by Topic: Employment and unemployment

Rural America at a Glance: 2020 Edition
Provides an overview of social and economic factors affecting rural America, with a focus on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes data on rural COVID-19 cases and deaths, demographic and healthcare access issues that make rural counties vulnerable, unemployment during the pandemic, and COVID-19 cases in meatpacking-dependent counties.
Date: 12/2020
Type: Document
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: 12/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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U.S. County Unemployment Rates During the Week of September 12, 2020
Map showing county-level unemployment rates.
Date: 12/2020
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 October 2020
Line chart show unemployment rates for metropolitan and nonmetro areas.
Date: 12/2020
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 September 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: 12/2020
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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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: 12/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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COVID-19 and the American Workplace
Information on common issues employers and employees face when responding to COVID-19 related to wages and hours worked.
Date: 12/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Labor
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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 2015-2019 American Community Survey 5-year estimates, including poverty rates, educational attainment, health insurance coverage, and more.
Date: 12/2020
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Occupational Employment and Wages in Metro and Nonmetro Areas
A collection of charts with data on metropolitan and nonmetropolitan employment and wages. Includes wage comparisons by occupation for metro and nonmetro areas. Provides information on healthcare-related occupations. Also includes information on wages by educational attainment for metro and nonmetro areas.
Author(s): Stella Fayer, Audrey Watson
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bureau of Labor Statistics
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The Impact of Coronavirus on Households in Rural America
Reports on the experiences of rural households during the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses impacts on finances, employment, healthcare, housing, food, and child care. Concerns related to healthcare include access to care during the pandemic, concerns for those with special health issues such as chronic conditions, and use of telehealth.
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, National Public Radio, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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