Employment and Jobs

ESOPs in Rural Areas

April 8, 2024  • Joseph Blasi , Doug Kruse & Jack Moriarty

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In this fact sheet, we provide some updated statistics regarding ESOPs in rural counties with a focus on closely-held corporations where rural ESOPs are most prevalent. These estimates are based on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s rural areas that are eligible for rural business services from the Department of Agriculture.


We are pleased to present this brief as part of the Employee Ownership Ideas Forum, a two-day convening bringing together leading policymakers, practitioners, experts, and the media for a robust discussion on how we can grow employee ownership for the shared benefit of American workers and businesses. The Forum is co-hosted by the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program and the Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing at Rutgers University.