The Partners for Rural Transformation (PRT) is a national coalition dedicated to advancing economic mobility in persistent poverty areas. Collectively, the PRT members provide financial products and services that advance quality jobs, housing, infrastructure and address other vital needs in America where the poverty rate has exceeded 20 percent for at least three consecutive decades.
A recent University of Ohio study raises important questions about suicide in rural communities. The study correlated suicide rates based on where victims lived. Rural areas had notably higher rates, 22 per 100,000 people, compared to 17.6 in large metropolitan areas.
Despite the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual report on income and poverty, which states that the poverty rate fell slightly last year, millions of Americans still struggle.
Metro areas across the country experienced job growth during the past year, especially those with more than one million people. Meanwhile rural counties saw only 8 percent growth, according to The Daily Yonder.
Rural working class Americans have had a hard time making ends meet in recent decades, but some sections of the country are doing better than others, including around the American West, Montana and New Mexico among them.