USDA Economic Research Service’s 2015 Rural America at a Glance highlights the most recent indicators of social and economic conditions in rural areas. The report focuses on the U.S. rural economy, employment, poverty and population trends.
As the past year witnessed some promising trends, with rural employment growing more than 1 percent, in mid-2015 it was still 3.2 percent below its 2007 pre-recession peak.
In a statement, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the report “reflects a rural America on the road to recovery. Rural employment has increased; rural population decline did not increase over the past year and some rural counties have seen population growth; and the rural child poverty rate has declined by one percentage point. These trends are promising.”
Find more economic, demographic, and social statistics in the latest edition of Rural America at a Glance.