Energy Development’s Impacts on Rural Employment Growth

Energy Development’s Impacts on Rural Employment Growth. U.S. Department of Agriculture. Jeremy Weber and Jason Brown. December 16, 2013.

A decade of higher energy prices and the expectation that high prices will persist have encouraged policymakers to promote domestic energy production. Three growing energy industries in the United States are unconventional gas, gas located in rock formations like shale that is impractical to extract with conventional methods, wind, and corn-based ethanol. From 2000 to 2010, all three industries more than doubled their output, with most of the growth occurring in rural areas with natural gas and abundant land for wind turbines and corn fields. Economic Research Service estimates suggest that counties where these industries expanded significantly experienced net gains in employment.

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