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This report by the USDA's Economic Research Service outlines the state of rural communities in the United States. In 2015, unemployment continued to decline in rural areas, falling close to levels last seen before the Great Recession, as employment continued to grow. After declining for several years, rural population stabilized. Median annual earnings rose in rural areas and poverty fell markedly in 2015, as in urban areas; the rise in earnings occurred across most major industry sectors. Trends in poverty and median household income were similar across county economic types. While employment in recreation is associated with relatively... read more
In country star Jason Aldean’s song Fly over States, he overhears first class passengers on a flight from New York to LA, looking down on the countryside and wondering, “who’d want to live down there, in the middle of nowhere.” Aldean then flips the dismissive line into a proud anthem about the middle of the country. Like the song, Donald Trump flipped the predictions of the professional political class and rode a wave of support from many people who felt over-looked in those fly over states all the way to the Presidency.
The power of the so-called fly over... read more
MANCHIN, KAINE, WARNER, BROWN, CASEY INTRODUCE RECLAIM ACT
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Mark Warner (D-VA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced the RECLAIM Act last week. This legislation will provide funds to states and Indian tribes for the purpose of promoting economic revitalization, diversification, and development in economically distressed communities through the reclamation and restoration of land and water resources adversely affected by coal mining.
“This legislation will help the many mining communities throughout West Virginia and the... read more
Wildfires in Tennessee have now killed three people and injured 14 others, and caused untold damage to wildlife and natural resources. As the fires continue to rage out of control, they’re raising questions about whether we’re doing enough to prepare for worsening wildfires in a warming world.
“Over 150 structures in the county have been damaged or destroyed. 70 homes in Wears... read more