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

June 3, 2021

Recent legislation has increased emergency rental assistance for renters struggling due to the pandemic, but efficient disbursement has been a challenge in many states.

Stephanie Norris and Peter M. Dolkart

May 27, 2021

Regional businesses are returning to pre-COVID-19 operations as workers return to the office and business travel picks up.

Jason Kosakow

May 11, 2021

Community college enrollment declined significantly across the country in fall 2020, breaking the typical pattern of increased enrollment during a recession.

Roisin McCord and Laura Dawson Ullrich

May 3, 2021

The economic recovery enabled by the vaccine rollout has increased demand for Fifth District goods and services. But can supply keep up with demand?

Jacob Crouse and Sonya Ravindranath Waddell

April 22, 2021

In Fifth District states, as in most of the nation, spending appears to be falling short of what is required to support students most in need.

Nicholas Haltom

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

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