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Labor Force participation decreased less in Rural Areas

#US labor force participation rates for #people#aged 25 to 64 #decreased again from 2019 to 2020 due to the #Coronavirus pandemic but decreased less in #RuralCounties than in #UrbanCounties (rural 0.6% point vs. urban 1% point). Rates declined the most from 2019 to 2020 for people aged 16 to 24 and fell the most in that age group in urban counties. In 2021, labor force participation rates for each age group remained below pre-pandemic (2019) levels in rural and urban counties and even decreased below 2020 levels for people aged 25 to 64 in rural areas and for people 65 and over in urban and rural areas. In 2021, the labor force participation rate for people aged 16 to 24 in rural counties rebounded compared with 2020.

Source:USDA ERS


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