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Vilsack Obama

USDA highlights rural economy improvements seen in 2016

Progress Report provides an overview of activities in 2016 that resulted in record investments in rural America.

When Tom Vilsack was sworn in as Secretary of Agriculture in January 2009, rural America was beginning to feel the devastating impact of the Great Recession. Rural counties were shedding 200,000 jobs per year, rural unemployment stood at nearly 10%, and poverty rates reached heights unseen in decades. Many rural communities were facing stagnant wages, outmigration, and a critical shortage of investment capital.

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