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Regional Direction
May 20th 2020

Greater Philadelphia’s Healthcare Industry and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Greater Philadelphia’s large and robust healthcare industry has long been a vital economic asset. The centrality of this sector has only been amplified during the public health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. While many healthcare workers have been deemed essential personnel during this... Read More
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Business Growth
May 13th 2020

Institutional Spend and the Potential for Small & Diverse Business Recovery after the Pandemic

Eds-and-Meds Spending is Large, but More Could be Localized According to data compiled and analyzed by the City Controller’s Office in 2015, the 34 universities and hospitals located in Philadelphia collectively spend roughly $5.3 billion on goods and services annually, but—at least in... Read More
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Regional Direction
May 6th 2020

Philadelphia's Construction Restart During the Pandemic

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Philadelphia was in the midst of a construction boom. However, with Governor Wolf’s March 20 order to shut down most construction sites in Pennsylvania, the bulk of the city’s construction activity ground to a halt. This had serious implications for... Read More
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Regional Direction
April 29th 2020

The Impact of COVID-19 on Philly’s Latinx/Hispanic Community

The Impact of COVID-19 on Philly’s Latinx Community  In a previous Leading Indicator, we examined the social determinants of health that have disproportionately positioned Philadelphia’s African American/Black communities on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this brief we continue our... Read More
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Regional Direction
April 22nd 2020

COVID-19 and Greater Philadelphia's Tech Workforce

Across the U.S, the COVID-19 pandemic has to date wiped out roughly the same number of jobs that were created since the Great Recession. In previous briefs, we’ve detailed how this job loss is affecting various local industries and businesses, and we’ve highlighted those that have been most... Read More
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Regional Direction
April 15th 2020

The Impact of COVID-19 on Philly’s African American Community

A recent report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has shown that the COVID-19 virus is affecting Black Americans more than any other racial group. Across various states and cities (as well as in Philadelphia), the disproportionate hospitalization and death of Black... Read More
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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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