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Regional Direction
September 10th 2020

Greater Philadelphia’s Public Transportation and COVID-19 – PART 2

In this week’s Leading Indicator, we continue our analysis of public transportation ridership in Greater Philadelphia. Last week, we detailed overall ridership trends across the U.S, in Greater Philadelphia, and within the City of Philadelphia. This week, we focus on the demographics and... Read More
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Regional Direction
September 2nd 2020

Greater Philadelphia’s Public Transportation and COVID-19 – PART 1

The COVID-19 economic lockdown has had a devastating effect on public transportation in the United States - which was already in a precarious position prior to the pandemic. Between February 2020 and March 2020, public transit ridership across the U.S. dropped by 38 percent [1]. With little... Read More
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Regional Direction
August 26th 2020

Philadelphia's Self-Employed Population

Earlier this month, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York released a data brief detailing the disproportionate impact the pandemic has had on the nation’s Black business owners. We at the Economy League conducted a similar, locally-focused analysis for a story released earlier this week by WHYY. In... Read More
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August 19th 2020

Philadelphia's Student Population, PART 2

With the Philadelphia School District planning to begin the first marking period of Fall 2020 via remote learning, we continue our analysis of Philadelphia’s student population by diving deeper into their economic conditions and the local impact of the digital divide.   Key Takeaways... Read More
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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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Regional Direction
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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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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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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