Federal data shows rural incomes remain below national average

    
 

Wednesday, May 2 2012 3:09PM

According to The Daily Yonder, data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) indicates rural incomes grew considerably between 2009 and 2010, but remained below the national average.

According to The Daily Yonder, data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) indicates rural incomes grew considerably between 2009 and 2010, but remained below the national average.

According to The Daily Yonder, data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) indicates rural incomes grew considerably between 2009 and 2010, but remained below the national average.

From 2009 to 2010, the average income in rural communities improved 3.5 percent, besting the rise in the national average of 2.8 percent during that span.

According to the BEA's statistics, total per capita income in rural counties was 80 percent of the U.S. average. In 2009, rural per capita income was $30,716. One year later, though, that average increased to $31,796.

However, nearly two dozen counties in the western U.S. experienced declines in per capita income. In all, more than 7 percent of the nation's rural counties saw decreases in income during the year between 2009 and 2010.

One measure which Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has stated can help improve rural incomes is the quick passage of the latest Farm Bill delivered to Congress.

"I think everybody in Congress recognizes the need to get the job done, and you've got to do it quickly," said Vilsack.

For further information, check out these sources: The Daily Yonder, USA Today

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