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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Metro and Non-Metro: Divergent Fates

Thomas Edsall at The New York Times:
The diverging fortunes of metropolitan counties and virtually all nonmetro regions of the country are graphically displayed in the accompanying chart produced by the Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service.
The chart shows that since the bottom of the recession in the fourth quarter of 2009, metropolitan areas have fully bounced back and are now significantly above their pre-recession employment levels. In contrast, employment in non-metro areas remains well below its pre-recession level.
 U.S. employment, metro and nonmetro areas, 2007-2016 (quarterly)