Unemployment continued to drop in rural and exurban counties in October. Two-thirds of rural and exurban counties had unemployment rates in October that were lower than the average jobless rate in urban America.
The jobless rate in rural counties was 7.3 percent in October, the latest for which the Bureau of Labor Statistics has released results. The rate in exurban counties - counties that are part of metro areas but have a large proportion of people living in rural settings - fell to 6.9 percent. The urban unemployment rate was 7.7 percent in October.
Rural unemployment is highest east of the Mississippi River and west of the Rocky Mountains. It is lowest in the Great Plains.
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Reprinted in part from Daily Yonder