It seems obvious to say that education leads to employment, but for anyone who doubts previous studies, the Daily Yonder has a look at rural unemployment rates and how education contributes to a higher rate of joblessness outside of cities.

It makes sense, then, that unemployment would be higher where levels of education are lower. That’s exactly what this chart shows. In fact, the relationship between education and employment is stronger in rural counties than it is in either urban or exurban communities.

The chart shows the difference in education levels between counties that had unemployment rates above the national average in 2009 and those that were below the national average.

The three bars on the left represent the urban, exurban and rural counties that had unemployment rates below 9.3%, the national average in 2009. The bars show the percentage of adults in those counties who have at least a BA degree.

In urban counties with low unemployment rates in 2009, for example, 32.9% of those over 25 years of age had BA degrees. In rural counties, 19.3% of those in low unemployment counties had BA degrees.

On the right, the three bars represent counties with unemployment in 2009 above the national average of 9.3%. As you can see, the percentage of adults in those counties who have at least a BA degree is considerably lower. In high unemployment rural counties, only 14.4% of the adult population has a BA degree, nearly 5 points less than in the low unemployment rural counties.

(link via Rural Blog)