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Some rural states double down on attracting new residents

BENNINGTON, Vt. — With jobs unfilled and young people moving away, some rural states are doubling down on efforts to attract new blood by expanding programs that offer incentives to move there.

Over the past decade, states including South Dakota, Maine and Vermont have lured new residents with financial incentives or job help. Vermont’s program has drawn 33 remote workers and their families to the state so far this year. In January, the program will expand to accept applicants who come to the state to work for local firms.

A Wyoming program has helped about 70 people return to the state by assisting in their job searches since the program started in 2015. And a Maine organization and campaign to lure new residents this year will be focusing on bringing former Mainers back.

Lisa Rathke, The Associated Press