Swenson research cited in Time magazine

December 2, 2019

David SwensonResearch done by David Swenson, associate scientist, was cited in a Nov. 27 Time magazine story, "They're Trying to Wipe Us Off the Map.' Small American Farmers Are Nearing Extinction."

Rural America has been shrinking for decades, and the Great Recession accelerated that contraction as rural manufacturing jobs disappeared and people moved to cities and suburbs seeking work. That is indeed where the jobs are. Between 2008 and 2017, metropolitan areas that included central cities of at least 50,000 people accounted for 99 percent of all job and population growth, according to data crunched by David Swenson, an economist at Iowa State University. In the Midwest, 81 percent of rural counties saw population declines between 2008 and 2017, and in the Northeast, 85 percent of rural counties shrank over that time period.

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