USDA’s Economic Research Service Sees Positive Growth in Rural Areas

February 8, 2013

A new report is out from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service.

The report takes a look at 2012’s rural growth numbers from across the nation. Lorin Kusmin, ERS Economist, says that the poverty numbers have improved.

“In terms of poverty, things have leveled off and maybe even improved a bit”, said Kusmin. “Generally poverty has been higher in non-metro America, that trend has not gotten worse in recent years, fact is, that is has even diminished a bit.

Kusmin points out some interesting changes between 2006 and 2011, in regards to income numbers.

“You do see that income losses has been greatest in the lower income groups, and in these groups, the losses were smaller in non-metro areas”, explained Kusmin.

The USDA’s ERS is seeing positive growth across in the nation in rural areas, and according to the ERS, it is on the back of improved employment numbers.