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December 7, 2015

Is There a Fix-it for Rural America?

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By Steven Johnson, ECT

Education is a key to fending off population loss and poverty in rural America, data from a USDA report show. That’s one assessment in a U.S. Department of Agriculture report that says that higher education represents a way to offset increasing poverty and population declines in rural America. “Among all rural residents, unemployment rates are much lower for those with more educational attainment, partly as a result of increasing demand for more highly skilled labor,” the department said Nov. 30 in Rural America at a Glance 2015. To be sure, the situation in rural America is anything but sunny, according to the annual study. “Rural areas continue to experience population loss, higher poverty rates, and lower educational attainment than urban areas,” it said. In fact, the rural count of 46 million Americans has fallen by 30,000 people in each of the last two years.

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