A Reason for Higher Rural Unemployment: Education

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One reason rural counties have shown consistently higher unemployment rates during this recession is education. Rural America has a lower percentage of BAs and that results in higher unemployment

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study by Edward Glaeser for the New York Times blog Economix. Glaeser, a Harvard University economist, looked only at cities, however.

He found that, “Just as long-term urban success is tightly linked to a city’s skills, current economic distress is also highly correlated with an area’s education.” According to Glaeser, “there should be nothing surprising about this fact,” since skills have been known for some time to predict a region’s economic success.

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