Rural communities and families struggle to find child care options

By Jennifer M. Latzke


The Center for Law and Social Policy found nearly 80% of workers earning less than $15,000 per year and half of workers earning between $15,000 and $34,999 per year do not receive paid leave. Many of those are the type of jobs that keep rural communities going—gas station clerks, grocery store workers, restaurant workers and more.

Rural businesses need minimum wage employees. Rural communities need professionals to staff their schools, hospitals and offices. But recruiting them is more than just offering them higher wages.

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