Rural Communities Struggle With Keeping Jobs


In rural America, sometimes keeping jobs in town depends on maintaining a status quo.

That's no different in Hayes Center in southwest Nebraska. The village has a small number of businesses, with the biggest employers being the school, the courthouse, and local feedlots.

With roughly 200 people living in town, officials say the only way to bring in job opportunities is to increase the population.

"Generally that's pretty, the job opportunities are fairly static right now," said village board chair Terry Wortman. "There's no new businesses moving in, some of the local farmers and ranchers are hiring people, that's someone leaves, someone phones in."

Officials add that the lack of opportunities is in direct correlation with having to travel to bigger communities to do business.