Laboring For Less: Working but Poor in Rural America

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This report consists of two parts. The first is a profile of the working poor living outside metropolitan areas (“the nonmetro poor”); it examines the extent of work among the nonmetro poor, the extent of poverty among nonmetro workers, and the occupations in which the nonmetro working poor are employed.

The second part examines the factors that lie behind the increase over the past decade in the ranks of the working poor in nonmetro areas. Among these factors are higher employment rates, wage levels, education levels, and government assistance programs. Policy solutions include expansion of EITC, Medicaid, and Mini

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