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RURAL SUICIDES

The suicide rates for young people in rural areas “are almost twice as high” as those for city kids, says the Washington Post, summarizing a study by researchers at Ohio State University. The study reviewed 66,595 suicides from 1996-2010 by people from ages 10 to 24.

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RURAL MAINSTREET

The Creighton University Rural Mainstreet Index for January rose slightly from December’s weak reading according to the monthly survey of bank CEOs in rural areas of a 10-state region dependent on agriculture and/or energy. The RMI for Illinois expanded to 50.5 from December’s 49.4. The new-hiring index fell to 51.3 from 52.9 in December.

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Farm Stats

Rural America at a Glance, a publication of the Agriculture Department’s Economic Research Service, highlights the most recent indicators of social and economic conditions in rural areas. This year’s edition focuses on the U.S. rural economy, including employment trends, poverty, and population trends.

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Aging Rural Areas

New data, taken from a Census report on population trends released Thursday, offer a snapshot of the challenges America’s rural counties face. Nearly 60% of rural counties shrank in population last year, up from 50% in 2009 and around 40% in the late 1990s.

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RURAL JOBS

While the U.S. economy is now in its 6th year of recovery from the Great Recession of 2007-09, many rural areas have struggled to recover the jobs lost during the downturn. While urban employment now exceeds pre-recession levels, rural employment remains well below its 2007 peak and has continued to fall over the last year… read more

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RURAL TRENDS

Between 2012 and 2013, the number of adults in nonmetropolitan areas declined, perhaps for the first time ever, according to the USDA’s Economic Research Service. Why? Jobs. According to the researchers, “nonmetro employment growth slowed in 2011 and fell to zero or slightly below thereafter.”

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INTERNET ACCESS

While only one-fifth of the U.S. population, rural Americans account for half of people who don’t use the Internet. One of the strongest patterns in the data on internet use is by age group: 44% of Americans ages 65 and older do not use the internet, and these older Americans make up almost half (49%)… read more

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BRAIN GAIN

BRAIN GAIN – The Daily Yonder blog reports common wisdom is that rural America’s “best and brightest” want to leave home. New research shows these students are no more likely to want to leave than their counterparts. And when they do go, they have a stronger desire to return.

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