Bureau of Business Research


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Business in Nebraska vol. 51 no. 613


Copyright 1996 by Bureau of Business Research, University of Nebraska.


Nebraska has 77 rural hospitals (Figure 1). In 1993 they employed nearly 13,000 workers and paid over $250 million in payroll.

The state's rural hospitals are major employers in their local communities, paying higher wages than most other businesses. Consequently, their dollar impact on local businesses and total community employment is significant.

This article reports on a recent study by UNL's Bureau of Business Research and the Center for Rural Community Revitalization and Development on the impact of rural hospitals on local communities. (Local communities were defined in the study as local counties.)

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