(Washington, D.C.) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Economic Research Service released the 2023 Rural America at a Glance Report. This annual report examines rural trends across issues such as population and migration, poverty, housing insecurity, employment, and clean energy jobs.
The report found that the U.S. rural population is growing again after a decade of overall population loss. It also found that the rural population is experiencing declines in persistent poverty, and that rural employment levels and annual growth rates have nearly returned to those seen in the years prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, highlighting an emerging employment area of interest in rural America, the report shows that approximately one percent of rural workers now hold clean energy jobs.