In 2018, one in five Americans lived in rural towns across the country, generating 10% of Gross Domestic Product. In Massachusetts, rural workers, on average, earned 71% of those in urban areas. However, in 2015, the percentage of people living below the poverty threshold was only three points lower in rural areas than urban. To better understand these statistics, data available on employment across Massachusetts counties is helpful. This blog will investigate the employment trends in Franklin and Middlesex Counties from 1999-2019.