Key to keeping young people are economic opportunities

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

The Pew Research Center just published a very intriguing and comprehensive report about the social, political and demographic splits in America. The report is called What Unites and Divides Urban, Suburban and Rural Communities. It is on Pew’s website, www.pewsocialtrends.org. It is an abundance of information that details at length how people view things differently from urban versus rural communities.

While there is plenty we could write about stemming from this report, one segment we found interesting was an affirmation of what many in rural Kentucky already know —rural counties now are home to a smaller share of the nation’s prime-age workers than in 2000. Rural counties continue to lose prime-age workers, while urban and suburban areas gained them. Urban areas saw a 12 percent gain in employed individuals 25 to 54. Suburban areas saw a 4 percent gain. Meanwhile, rural areas saw an 11 percent drop in employed residents in the primes of their working lives.

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