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

December 2, 2021

In a tight labor market, Fifth District firms struggle to attract qualified workers. 

Jason Kosakow

November 18, 2021

The Bureau of Labor Statistics started releasing state-level data from the Job Opening and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS), giving a unique perspective on labor demand around our District.

Joseph Mengedoth and Jacob Walker

Nov. 12, 2021

While all sectors of higher education have experienced declines, community colleges have been hardest hit: this fall, community college enrollment declined significantly for the second consecutive year.

November 5, 2021
Amid labor shortages and supply side disruptions, firms are struggling to fully meet demand and many reported they expect this issue to persist.

Roisin McCord

October 14, 2021

Heirs' property, land passed through generations without a clear title, is an unstable form of landownership that can lead to lost capital and wealth.

Surekha Carpenter and Sonya Ravindranath Waddell

October 7, 2021

The Danville region in Virginia has moved the needle on early childhood education and now has an ecosystem in place to help address future challenges.

September 30, 2021

The labor force was pushed into a massive remote work experiment in 2020. What are employers in the Fifth District planning, and what challenges do they anticipate?

September 24, 2021

This post explores lagged recovery in labor force participation for Black and Hispanic women that started at the onset of the COVID-19 recession.

Katie Daniluk and Sierra Latham

September 17, 2021

Fifth District states have amassed budget surpluses over the past few years. Additionally, state and local governments received aid through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Now, states must decide how to spend both.

Lucas Moyon and Laura Dawson Ullrich

September 9, 2021

Focusing on a complete household’s needs, Garrett County Community Action Committee’s integrated “2Gen approach” links children to high-quality early education and their parents to services that build financial security.

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