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

January 7, 2021

Fifth District business surveys indicate that after a volatile year, firms remain uncertain about when or if they will return to pre-COVID levels of business activity.

Jacob Crouse and Sonya Ravindranath Waddell

December 18, 2020

Firms report how the coronavirus is influencing their employment levels, hiring plans, and wages in our annual survey.

Surekha Carpenter

November 20, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has depressed housing security and increased eviction risk for renters in the Fifth District. Although helpful for tenants, some federal pandemic-response provisions are ending in December.

Peter M. Dolkart and Stephanie Norris

November 13, 2020

Job postings, employment by income level, and business formation data tells the story of labor market activity during the economic downturn caused by COVID-19.

Jacob Crouse

November 9, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused severe economic distress in the Fifth District, but the regional housing market has proven remarkably resilient.

Benjamin Lukas

October 20, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is forecast to negatively affect state and local government revenues. In the absence of sizable federal transfers, this is likely to disrupt spending on critical services — including education — in ways that may have long-lasting effects.

John Mullin and Santiago Pinto

September 30, 2020

How did rural and urban counties compare on measures of health outcomes and drivers prior to the COVID-19 pandemic?

Stephanie Norris

September 17, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools to shift their approach to instruction, the Fed and other economic and financial literacy organizations pivoted, too.

Sarah Gunn, Nick Haltom and Donovan Pearce

September 3, 2020

Businesses report on their progress since the start of the pandemic in our July and August surveys.

Roisin McCord

September 1, 2020

July data from the Household Pulse Survey reveals some of the reasons people have not been working and how households met their spending needs.

Jacob Crouse

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