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

April 1, 2021

Surveyed firms shared how the balance of remote versus in-office work has shifted in the past year and what changes they anticipate in the future.

Roisin McCord

March 25, 2021

K-12 remote learning exposes divisions in access to digital resources. A federal broadband service subsidy and new satellite technology may help bridge the gap.

March 18, 2021

An estimated 30 percent of Fifth District businesses are minority-owned, but this trails the minority share of the population.

Nicholas Haltom and Joseph Mengedoth

March 11, 2021

Rural black Fifth District communities have long suffered fewer economic opportunities and thus worse economic outcomes.

Surekha Carpenter and Sonya Ravindranath Waddell

March 4, 2021

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, public school enrollment has decreased overall and across racial groups, with the steepest declines in grades Pre-K through elementary.

Abigail Crockett and Hailey Phelps

February 26, 2021

Labor force participation took a big hit from the pandemic. How then should we interpret states’ reported unemployment rates?

Nicholas Haltom and Sonya Ravindranath Waddell

February 18, 2021

Educational attainment has increased across the Fifth District, but there are large geographic and racial disparities, according to the 2019 American Community Survey estimates.

Jacob Crouse

February 4, 2021

This article provides some history on the evolution of the Fifth District population across race and the rural-urban continuum since the late 1800s.

February 1, 2021

The most recent stimulus bill extends many 2020 changes to the unemployment insurance program but reduces the supplement to weekly benefits.

Surekha Carpenter, Sam Louis Taylor and Laura Dawson Ullrich

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

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