There are two big explanations for why rural counties, small towns and even medium-sized cities have fallen behind America’s largest, most innovative metro areas when it comes to job growth and new business formation. One is primarily about those “left-behind” areas: The sort of businesses and jobs they used to create in economic expansions simply aren’t appearing at the same rate anymore, particularly in blue-collar industries such as construction and manufacturing.

By: Jim Tankersley, The Washington Post

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