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These posts examine local, regional and national data that matter to the Fifth District economy and our communities.

September 29, 2022

With assistance programs winding down, evictions are on the rise but have not surpassed pre-pandemic levels.

September 23, 2022

Labor force participation in Maryland and Virginia is down considerably compared to 2019, but different age and gender groups have fallen out of the labor force in the two states.

September 15, 2022

The newly established Affordable Connectivity Program subsidizes broadband subscription for low-income households. It may better reach targeted households by learning from other federal benefit programs.

September 8, 2022

The Richmond Fed's Survey of Community College Outcomes presents a new way to measure success which includes previously underrepresented cohorts of students, including those receiving Pell grants.

September 1, 2022

Supply chain disruptions and fluctuating input costs are improving for some Fifth District firms, but the threat of a recession looms large according to August's surveys of businesses.

August 19, 2022

We're building our data products to help data users and local and state leaders gain quick insight into geographic differences across a range of indicators.

July 29, 2022

In a world where employers are struggling to find workers, facilitating meaningful work and competitive pay for previously incarcerated individuals could improve economic outcomes both for the individuals and their communities.

July 14, 2022

Fifth District firms recently reported being able to better meet customer demand. A cooling economy may be part of the story.

June 16, 2022

The New River Valley Regional Commission is an example of how a regional development organization can galvanize innovative, sustainable regional and local housing strategies to serve its small towns and rural communities.  

Sierra Latham and Tiffany Hollin-Wright

June 9, 2022

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, have people moved away from urban cores in favor of more rural areas?

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