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Regional Direction
August 12th 2020

Philadelphia's Student Population, PART 1

In mid-July, the Philadelphia School District announced that students would begin the 2020-2021 school year on September 2, 2020 via remote learning. For the first marking period of Fall 2020, Philadelphia’s 130,000 students in District-run public schools will once again digitally attend classes... Read More
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August 5th 2020

Income Inequality among Philadelphia’s Workforce: An Update

In May 2019 we examined income inequality by race, ethnicity, and gender among Philadelphia’s workforce. In this Leading Indicator, we revisit these measures to benchmark the city’s progress towards racial and gender equality in pay.   Key Takeaways:   Philadelphia's Black households... Read More
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Regional Direction
July 29th 2020

The Impact of COVID-19 on Greater Philadelphia’s Black-Owned Businesses

The economic lockdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic is entering its fifth month. Businesses of all sizes are reeling from its effects. While some have been able to take advantage of federal, state, and local cash relief programs, many have been forced to close their doors forever. In fact,... Read More
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Regional Direction
July 22nd 2020

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) in Philadelphia

Since the initial outbreak of the COVID-19 virus in the U.S. and the subsequent economic lockdown, the federal government provided relief to small businesses via the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). This loan program, administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA), was meant to infuse... Read More
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July 15th 2020

The Unequal Impact of COVID-19 in the U.S. and Philadelphia

Last week, the New York Times published, “The Fullest Look Yet at the Racial Inequality of Coronavirus,” featuring data that shows the disproportionate impacts of the spread of COVID-19 on communities of color. In this Leading Indicator, we review the Times analysis and provide additional context... Read More
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Regional Direction
July 8th 2020

Color of Inequality Part 5: Health Disparities in Communities of Color

The disproportionate hospitalization and deaths of Black and Latinx individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic stems from a legacy of inequitable access to medical treatment and care within the U.S. healthcare system. In this Color of Inequality, we examine some of the social determinants of health... Read More
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July 1st 2020

MasterCard's Inclusive Growth Score

The Greater Philadelphia Metropolitan Region is rich in data. Numerous public and private organizations and agencies collect and share various forms of data that “data-translating” organizations—like the Economy League—use to analyze metrics of inclusive growth, equitable opportunities, and shared... Read More
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June 24th 2020

Color of Inequality Part 4: Barriers to Sustainable Employment for Workers of Color

In Philadelphia and across the country, race is too often a predictor of the scope and breadth of challenges people face when connecting to employment opportunities. Educational attainment, the digital divide, lack of access to reliable transportation, and barriers associated with a criminal record... Read More
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June 17th 2020

The Color of Inequality 3: Structural Racism and Public Education

The landmark 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education deemed the “separate but equal” system of racial segregation unconstitutional. Despite this momentous legal victory, most school districts in the United States have remained woefully segregated. In this week’s Color of... Read More
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June 12th 2020

The Color of Inequality Part 2: Race, Place, and Crime

From the days of Frank Rizzo’s controversial tenure as Philadelphia Police Commissioner from 1968-1971 to the notorious 1985 MOVE bombing by Philadelphia police to contemporary City Council debates on defunding the police department, the relationship between Black Philadelphians and the criminal... Read More
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