As new jobs numbers show Friday that employers cut a larger-than-expected 467,000 jobs in June, driving the unemployment rate up to a 26-year high of 9.5 percent, Patchwork Nation is examining why certain community types are experiencing deeper job losses than others.
“We’ve looked at unemployment over the past year and every type of community type has seen an increase. But some of the increases were dramatic and some places were actually fairly stable, said Dante Chinni, Patchwork Nation’s project director.
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Hardest hit are the places that are never that well off including the small town Service Worker Centers and the highly African-American Minority Central counties. Wealthier areas have also taken a hit, while rural and agricultural Tractor Country counties have seen only a small drop in employment.
County numbers used for Patchwork Nation lag a month behind national data.