Greene County Daily World -- Jobs are returning to rural Indiana, but a new Indiana State University report suggests there may not be enough skilled workers to fill them. Many low-skilled jobs that had sustained Indiana for years have disappeared and are not expected to return, the report said, and workers especially hard hit by the bursting of the housing bubble -- in such fields as construction, finance and real estate -- may need to adjust their career aspirations.
Most rural jobs are in retail, health services and food accommodations and are supported by the local community. The report says rural counties are most vulnerable to shifts in "traded clusters," a term coined by Harvard business economist Michael Porter, whose U.S. Cluster Mapping Project was used in the report.