Employment growth in nonmetro micropolitan and noncore counties has lagged growth in metro counties since 2010
Metropolitan (metro) counties have fared better than both micropolitan and noncore counties (shown in the map) following the 2007-09 recession. ERS researchers generally define ?rural? as micropolitan and noncore counties (together referred to as nonmetropolitan or nonmetro counties), and ?urban? as metropolitan or metro counties. During the National economic recovery period between 2010 and 2012, employment increased by 2.5 percent in metro counties, compared with 1.1 percent in micropolitan, and 0.5 percent in noncore counties.