Agricultural Economic Report No. (AER-731) 153 pp

August 1996

Racial/Ethnic Minorities in Rural Areas: Progress and Stagnation

Rural minorities lag behind rural Whites and urban minorities on many crucial economic and social measures. This report examines rural Black, Hispanic, Native American, and Asian and Pacific Islander populations and their economic well-being in the 1980's, an economically difficult decade for rural areas. Results show minimal minority progress as measured by changes in occupation, income, and poverty rates. However, the type and speed of progress was quite different among minority groups and between men and women of the same minority group. Results showed considerable diversity among groups in the characteristics that were associated with poor economic outcomes.

Keywords: rural, urban minorities, socio-economic progress, poverty, unemployment

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