Uneven Job Growth Between Cities and Rural Areas Will Last for Decades, study says – NBCNews.com

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By Mary Pflum

A new study examining the future of work in the U.S. spells bad news for America’s smaller communities and a growing national divide when it comes to jobs.

The report, published this week by the McKinsey Global Institute, indicates the nation’s biggest cities are on pace to become significantly larger, richer and more powerful in the coming decade, while the rest of the nation, particularly already depressed rural regions, are in danger of losing more jobs, many to automation.

The 113-page study that analyzed 315 cities and more than 3,000 counties shows the nation’s 25 most prosperous cities, which have fared the best since the Great Recession in 2008, are expected to see the most job growth in coming years. These cities include New York, San Francisco, Denver, Dallas, Seattle and Houston.

At risk of falling further behind are the nation’s smaller communities, particularly those whose economies have …

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