MarketWatch: Rural America wants jobs, while urban dwellers are ready for raises, Google searches show

EXCERPT: “Jessica Rabe, co-founder of DataTrek Research, analyzed data from Google Trends, a tracker of what people all over the world are searching for. That tool offers what Rabe calls ‘a novel take on a two-speed job market.’ The two speeds, of course, are urban and rural. The most search interest in ‘job openings’ comes from southern or midwestern states like Mississippi, North Dakota, and Iowa, Rabe wrote, while the strongest interest in ‘jobs’ comes from rural states like Virginia, New Mexico, and Alaska. In contrast, the search term ‘ask for a raise’ comes more from people in states like California, New York, Illinois, and Texas. ‘Our takeaway,’ Rabe wrote, is that ‘workers in large urban areas (who are statistically more likely to have a college degree) are asking for raises, while people in more rural areas are still searching for jobs.'” FULLSTORY: