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Cornhusker Economics, May 31, 2017, agecon.unl.edu/cornhuskereconomics
In a recent report from the USDA Economic Research Service, rural manufacturing resiliency was measured as it related to plant survival, from 1996- 2011. The author, S. Low*, makes the case that rural manufacturing is a critical piece of the rural economic pie. In 2011 nationally nonmetro/rural manufacturing employment was approximately equal to that of rural retail trade and the rural healthcare/ social assistance sectors. These jobs are also considered to be relatively well-paying jobs and often include benefits.