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Regional Direction
April 8th 2020

COVID-19 and Greater Philadelphia’s Small Businesses

The mandated social distancing and closure of non-essential businesses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have disproportionately affected the region’s small businesses. While larger enterprises have greater capacity to weather short term setbacks like sharp declines in revenue and layoffs,... Read More
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Regional Direction
April 1st 2020

COVID-19 and Philadelphia’s Food Economy

With statewide closures of non-essential businesses and mandated social distancing resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the region’s food-based businesses have found themselves in dire financial situations. Across the city, restaurants, cafes, bars, and takeout establishments have been... Read More
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Regional Direction
March 25th 2020

The Economic Impact of COVID-19: Philadelphia’s Working Poor and ‘On-The-Edge’ Populations

EDITOR’S NOTE: During this unprecedented time of disruption and uncertainty, the Economy League’s Leading Indicators newsletter will provide a series of weekly data briefs focused on assessing the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic - with a special focus on the most vulnerable segments of... Read More
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Regional Direction
March 11th 2020

Greater Philadelphia's Declining Transit Ridership

In January, CityLab detailed declines in quarterly transit ridership from 2018 to 2019 in several major U.S. metropolitan areas. Apart from Washington D.C. and New York City, the data—acquired from the National Transit Database—showed most metropolitan areas experiencing a decline in quarterly... Read More
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Regional Direction
February 19th 2020

A Snapshot of Philadelphia’s Part-Time Workforce

For this Leading Indicator, we continue our focus on Philadelphia’s workforce – in particular, we look at Philadelphia’s part-time employment population. As we showed in last issue’s data brief, the majority of Philadelphia’s recent employment growth has largely come from foundational-skill and low... Read More
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Regional Direction
February 3rd 2020

Why Haven't Philly Wages Increased with Employment Levels (Part 2)

In the last issue of Leading Indicators, we showed that Philadelphia’s wage growth has lagged employment levels in recent years. We hypothesized as to why this lag persists: much of the city’s recent employment growth stems from increases in foundational-skill-level jobs with lower wages. In this... Read More
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Regional Direction
December 11th 2019

Why Haven’t Philly Wages Increased with Employment Levels? (Part 1)

There’s been an ongoing national discussion of the seeming paradox of concurrent wage stagnation and rising employment levels in the past decade since the Great Recession. As the Washington Post recently reported, while unemployment levels have reached a 50-year low, wage growth has been sluggish... Read More
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Regional Direction
November 19th 2019

Is Philadelphia Heading for a Recession? What Do the Data Say?

Is Philadelphia headed for a recession? National economists and experts are predicting downturn, but what does that mean for our area? What can the data tell us? Read More
GPLEX
September 16th 2019

Ensuring Quality Healthcare for Vulnerable Populations

With a general push towards preventative care, different sectors of the healthcare field are working to provide more resources and programming to vulnerable populations. This brief discusses health disparities in the region and contextualizes how different healthcare sectors are addressing the needs... Read More
GPLEX
September 16th 2019

Neighborhood Stabilization: Investment and Redevelopment in Nicetown-Tioga and Harrowgate

Not all change is equal. Low-income populations are often excluded from the positive benefits of neighborhood change and development. This brief highlights innovative measures of neighborhood change in the context of the North Philadelphia neighborhoods of Nicetown-Tioga and Harrowgate. Read More
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