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Fact Sheet


University of Montana Rural Institute

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Economics | Labor Economics | Social and Behavioral Sciences


Employment rates have increased since the recession, but these gains haven’t reached all communities across the country, nor has everyone benefited from these gains. While overall employment rates have improved, employment for people with disabilities in rural areas has decreased. This fact sheet uses the recently released (December 2018) American Community Survey 5-year estimates to explore changes in employment rates for people with and without disabilities across the nine divisions of the United States, and for metropolitan, micropolitan, and non-core counties. This marks the first time longitudinal trends in ACS data can be explored across the rural-urban continuum using comparable definitions of disability.


rural, disability, employment


© 2019 RTC:Rural

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National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)


The contents of this fact sheet were developed under a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant number 90RTCP0002-01-00). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this fact sheet do not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, or HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

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ACS employment fact sheet-TEXT ONLY.docx (27 kB)
ACS Employment Fact Sheet - Text Only Version