|Employment change from May to June 2020; Daily Yonder map. |
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Part of the reason for the slower rural growth is that rural areas lost fewer jobs during the pandemic's economic shutdown this spring. But counties of all population sizes are faring worse than they were a year ago. Rural America had 1.4 million fewer jobs in June 2020 than in June 2019, a 6.8% drop. The largest cities had 10% fewer jobs, in comparison, Bishop and Marema report.