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Resources by Topic: Employment and unemployment

Impact of the Recession on Rural America: Rising Unemployment Leading to More Uninsured in 2009
Presents the results of state and county analysis of unemployment rates nationally in rural (non-metropolitan) and urban areas over the period 2007-February 2009. Discusses the impact of rising unemployment on uninsurance in rural areas and their combined impact on the need for healthcare reform.
Author(s): Timothy McBride, Leah Kemper
Date: 06/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
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Rural-Urban Differences in Work Patterns Among Adults With Depressive Symptoms
Examines how depressive symptoms affect employment patterns among young to middle-career adults, with information for rural and urban residents.
Author(s): Lisa Morris, Stephenie Loux, Erika Ziller, David Hartley
Date: 03/2008
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Maine Rural Health Research Center
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A Community Based Framework for Understanding Problems and Exploring Alternatives: Connecting Underemployment, Poverty and Access to Health Care in the Mississippi Delta
Discusses community-based research as a framework for better understanding views of poverty and exploring alternative intervention programs that are innovative and diverse. Includes examples of regional assets, barriers, social and health issues identified in the Mississippi Delta region using this research approach.
Author(s): John J. Green, Albert B. Nylander
Date: 02/2006
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Policy Research Institute
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Early Alcohol Use, Rural Residence, and Adulthood Employment
Examines early onset of alcohol consumption and the increases of physical disease and psychological disorders. Discusses the consequences of abusive drinking in rural youth.
Additional links: Fact Sheet
Author(s): Michael Mink, Jong-Yi Wang, Kevin J. Bennett, et al.
Date: 10/2005
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural and Minority Health Research Center (formerly the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center)
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PubMed Search: Rural Social Determinants of Health
Searches PubMed's collection of journal article citations on social determinants of health impacting rural residents. Includes coverage of poverty, unemployment, housing, environmental health, educational status, and health literacy.
Type: Literature Search
Sponsoring organization: U.S. National Library of Medicine
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Virginia Health Opportunity Index
Allows the user to examine health opportunities and challenges at the census tract level, by county, or by independent city for the state of Virginia. Utilizes 13 indicators addressing the social determinants of health. These indicators are grouped into four profiles or measures focused on the natural and social environment, consumer resources, economic opportunities, and access to health services.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Virginia Department of Health: Office of Health Equity
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Rural Data Explorer
Interactive map for exploring county-level data on issues that impact rural health, including rural demographics, health disparities, the health workforce, and other topics.
Type: Tool
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Drug Overdose Deaths in Appalachia
Interactive map highlights drug overdose deaths in Appalachia by county. Features demographic information such as race/ethnicity, educational attainment, and disability status, as well as economic factors such as poverty rate, unemployment rate, and accident-prone employment, among others.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organizations: Appalachian Regional Commission, NORC at the University of Chicago
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ERS County-level Data Sets
Provides access to county-level data on poverty rates, population change, unemployment rates, income, and education levels. Includes state maps illustrating the county data.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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ERS State Fact Sheet: New Mexico
State-level data on population, poverty, food security, educational attainment, employment, and income. Includes data for rural areas, urban areas, and the state as a whole.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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