Socioeconomic Overview of the Appalachian Region


Income
In 2007, per capita personal income in Appalachia was 80 percent of the national average and per capita market income was 74 percent of the national average.

Appalachian Income Report, 2009 (2007 Data) (PDF: 150 KB)

Employment
The unemployment rate in the Appalachian Region improved slightly in the fourth quarter of 2009; however, this was due more to workers giving up the job search and leaving the labor force than to an improving employment outlook. While U.S. employment has fallen back to levels last seen in 2004, Appalachia has lost all of the jobs gained since 2000. Of the 420 counties in Appalachia, only 8 have registered positive employment growth since 2007, down from 19 counties in the first quarter of 2009.

Appalachian Employment Report, 2009 Fourth Quarter (PDF: 172 KB)
Appalachian County Employment Report, 2009 Fourth Quarter (PDF: 98 KB)
Maps of Appalachian Unemployment Rates, 2007, 2008, and 2009 Fourth Quarter (PDF: 1.8 MB)

Appalachian Employment Report, 2009 Third Quarter (PDF: 165 KB)
Appalachian County Employment Report, 2009 Third Quarter (PDF: 78 KB)

Appalachian Employment Report, 2009 Second Quarter (PDF: 3.1 MB)
Appalachian County Employment Report, 2009 Second Quarter (PDF: 60 KB)

Appalachian Employment Report, 2009 First Quarter (PDF: 2.6 MB)
Appalachian County Employment Report, 2009 First Quarter (PDF: 73 KB)

Education
The proportion of adults with a college degree in Appalachia is about two-thirds that of the nation.

Population Growth
Population growth in Appalachia between 2000 and 2008 was 5 percent, compared with 8 percent for the nation as a whole. Net population loss occurred in 179 Appalachian counties during that time period.

Industry

Appalachian Industry Report, 2009 (PDF: 2.6 MB)

Related Files
Presentation: Socioeconomic Overview of Appalachia, 2010 (PDF: 3.4 MB)
Presentation: Network Appalachia: Access to Global Opportunity (PDF: 1.6 MB)