In this analysis, jobs numbers have jumped in some rural areas since May 2010. But the gains are not seen everywhere.
"There is a huge variation in local unemployment rates in rural America. Wilcox County, Alabama, had the highest jobless rate in May of this year, at just under 22%.
The lowest unemployment rates among rural counties were in North Dakota. Of the 26 rural counties with the lowest unemployment rates in May, 19 were in North Dakota. The lowest rate - 1% unemployment - could be found in Slope and Williams counties, both beneficiaries of the North Dakota oil and gas boom."