The important point to note here is that unemployment in counties of the 4th, 5th and 6th classes are consistently higher than the rest of the state. And unemployment during the Great Recession was highest in the 4th, 5th and 6th classes.
In addition, from about 2011 to the present, the recovery affected non-rural counties quickly and effectively, bringing employment to pre-recession levels. The other, more rural counties, in contrast, still have not reached levels of employment enjoyed before the recession. This graph makes it very clear that counties of the 4th, 5th and 6th classes effectively live in a different economic world than the rest of the state. The norm in rural Utah is higher unemployment, more bitter recessions, and slower recoveries.
This data underscores the positive impact of HB 390 in strengthening rural economic incentives.