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Business in Nebraska vol. 55, no. 647a
Rural economies in the Midwest have struggled while the national economy continues to set records. The most remote rural counties in Nebraska and its neighboring states have fallen further behind the region's urban counties. For example, per capita personal income levels in remote rural counties have lagged behind the region's urban counties. Job growth in remote rural counties has been very sluggish compared to the rest of the region. The economic performance of Nebraska's remote rural counties has been similar to other sparsely populated states dependent on agriculture.
This article focuses on Nebraska's remote rural counties and examines their economic performance from 1985 to 1997. Detailed employment data by industry from 1988 to 1996 were used. Comparisons were made with the remainder of Nebraska and remote rural counties in Kansas, Iowa, and Missouri. Remote rural counties are defined as non-recreational counties1 that are not adjacent to a metro county and have fewer than 2,500 urban residents.
Nebraska's Remote Rural Counties Compared to the Rest of the State
Nebraska's Remote Rural Counties Compared to Neighboring States