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Resources by Topic: Employment and unemployment

Rural Unemployment Rates Declined for All Education Levels from 2010 to 2015
Line chart showing unemployment rates from 2010 through 2015 for rural residents with the following levels of educational attainment: less than high school, high school, some college, associate's degree, bachelor's degree or higher.
Date: 2017
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Involuntary Part-Time Employment: A Slow and Uneven Economic Recovery
Examines trends in involuntary part-time employment from 2000 through 2015. Includes data for rural men and rural women, compared to the overall population. Also compares rural and urban involuntary part-time work for those below the poverty line before, during, and after the recession.
Author(s): Rebecca Glauber
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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A Glance at the Age Structure and Labor Force Participation of Rural America
Provides data and charts comparing the the age distribution for rural and urban areas. Also includes rural-urban comparison of labor force participation, earnings, and educational attainment, with information by age and sex.
Author(s): Jennifer Cheeseman Day, Donald Hays, Adam Smith
Date: 12/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Poverty and Employment Indicators for Nonmetro Counties by Educational Attainment, 2009-14
Chart comparing rural counties where 20% or more of the adult population lack a high school diploma to other rural counties, for poverty, child poverty, and unemployment.
Date: 01/2016
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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After a Parent Left Employment, One in Five Children Lost Private Insurance
Examines children's loss of private health insurance after parental job loss. Includes data on rural compared to urban privately insured children. Reports that, after parental job loss, rural and urban children were similarly impacted related to health insurance coverage.
Author(s): Kristin Smith
Date: 2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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Nonmetro Unemployment Rates Have Declined, but Remain Highest for Adults with the Lowest Levels of Education
Chart showing unemployment rates for rural adults year-by-year for 2007-2014, for those with less than a high school diploma, a high school diploma, some college, an associate's degree, a bachelor's degree, or graduate/professional degree.
Date: 10/2015
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Unequal Lives: The State of Black Women and Families in the Rural South
Analyzes the health and well-being of low-income black women in nine rural counties across Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia. Identifies barriers to success and economic security, including poverty, low educational attainment, and inadequate access to public infrastructure, healthcare, and more. Includes statistics and demographics for each of the states and counties included in the study.
Date: 07/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Southern Rural Black Women's Initiative
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2015 County Health Rankings Key Findings Report
Examines health factors and outcomes to identify county-level health disparities throughout the U.S. Focuses on social and economic factors, including poverty, income inequality, employment, and community safety.
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: County Health Rankings & Roadmaps
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Rural Employment in Recession and Recovery
Describes the impact of the 2007-2008 recession and the recovery that followed, with a focus on rural employment. Discusses regional variation in unemployment. Compares rural to urban employment growth from 2007 to 2014.
Author(s): Thomas Hertz, Lorin Kusmin, Alexander Marré, Timothy Parker
Citation: Amber Waves
Date: 10/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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High Deductible Health Insurance Plans in Rural Areas
Examines whether rural residents with private insurance are more likely to have a high deductible health insurance plan (HDHP) than urban residents, and if it differs by location in remote, rural areas. Addresses differences in income and education and offers recommendations related to the health Insurance marketplaces.
Additional links: Policy Brief: Rural Residents More Likely to be Enrolled in High Deductible Health Plans
Author(s): Jennifer D. Lenardson, Erika C. Ziller, Andrew F. Coburn
Date: 05/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Maine Rural Health Research Center
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