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by

Stephan J. Goetz

Self-employment is the new reality for a
growing segment of the U.S. labor force,
and more so in rural than in urban areas.
Although self-employment potentially holds many
opportunities for rural economies, earnings of
the rural self-employed lag significantly and
increasingly behind those of traditional workers.
Without more coordinated supports and policy
intervention, an economy built on self-employment
may threaten a middle-class way of life.

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