Rural residents, who make up about 20% of the U.S. population, are more vulnerable than urban counterparts to job change and potential job loss due to automation, artificial intelligence, and technological change. According to a new report, America at Work, released today by Walmart, the 190 million Americans who live outside of major metro areas find themselves at a disadvantage to urban centers when it comes to capacity for resilience in the face of automation. Yet rarely are residents of rural areas, small cities or towns seeing their needs addressed in efforts and discussions around the future of work. The reasons for their vulnerability are diverse — ranging from lags in postsecondary attainment to an occupational mix heavily weighted towards high-risk jobs in manufacturing, agriculture, and retail — but they aren’t simple. The solutions required are equally as diverse, reflecting the varied history, demographics, vision, and needs of rural communities and small towns across the country. How should communities prepare for these coming disruptions?
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