Document Number: 5909Rural America at a Glance - The economic expansion of the 1990s had many positive effects on rural America – earnings and income rose, poverty lessened and population grew – leading many demographers to label it the decade of the “rural rebound.” Following the 2001 recession, rural areas fared better than urban areas, and in 2002 had lower unemployment rates and higher job growth than urban areas. Despite this positive news, rural areas still face many challenges. The decline in manufacturing jobs was more severe in rural areas, food insecurity and poverty rates are higher in rural areas and the per-capita income is lower than in urban areas. Selected charts from this brief may be downloaded separately. (U.S. Department of Agriculture, September 2003)...