Labor Force Participation Decreased Less in Rural Areas During Pandemic

From 2007 to 2019, labor force participation rates decreased 2.6 percentage points for people aged 25 to 64 in the rural United States and 0.7 percentage points for the same age group in urban areas. The labor participation rate is the percentage of the population that is working or actively looking for work. USDA’s Economic […]

What Can Be Done To Address The Growing Urban-Rural Divide?

Many in the farming community are well aware of the urban-rural divide that exists not just in the Northwest, but across the country. But where does the blame for the divide belong? Some say the media in larger, more metropolitan areas deserve much of that blame. Pam Lewison with the Washington Policy Center said the […]