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Posted by: Elizabeth Newman on Mar 1, 2017

The Uneven Geography of Opportunity in Rural Western Counties

2015 Year of Continued Recovery and Growth for Small, Western Counties

The National Association of Counties (NACo) annual look at economic recovery patterns of the nation's 3,039 counties indicates growth in the West. Brian Knudsen, NACo Research Analyst, summarizes the economic recovery of the 13 western states in his article in the Spring 2016 issue of Rural Connections. Knudsen writes, "2015 was a year of continued recovery and growth for small, western county economies. The majority (65 percent) of counties in the 13 western states are small and rural - i.e., they are counties with less than 50,000 residents. Small county economies of the West underwent accelerated recovery on unemployment rates and home prices in 2015."

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Click here to read the Spring 2016 issue of Rural Connections.

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