March 21, 2007
A new study at UVa shows a decline in the return of 18 to 24-year-olds to smaller counties.
This means trouble for rural counties trying to replace retiring workers. The problem is urgent in 11 counties. At least one quarter of the workforce is expected to reach retirement age by 2016.
"Employment opportunities may be a way to retain for the rural communities to retain it's younger population and hopefully if necessary to attract people from other regions or other parts of the country" said Quian Cai, director of demographics.
Northumberland county leads with the highest retirement. 38% of its residents are between ages 55 and 64.