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Regional Direction
January 13th 2021

The Road to Recovery: Greater Philadelphia’s Accommodation and Food Services Sector

In past data briefs, we detailed the direct and long-lasting impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on various sectors of Greater Philadelphia’s economy. For our first Leading Indicator of 2021, we continue our analysis of the metropolitan region’s various industries but with an eye towards recovery. In... Read More
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Regional Direction
December 16th 2020

The Changing Distribution of Poverty in Philadelphia

In its last session of 2020, Philadelphia's City Council passed legislation aligned with its Poverty Action Plan. Whether providing relief or job security for Black and brown service industry workers or restructuring the ten-year real estate tax abatement, many of these measures aim to lift... Read More
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Regional Direction
December 2nd 2020

Automation Nation PART 3: Automation in Greater Philadelphia's Transportation Industry

A fully-functioning, multimodal transportation network of roads, rails, waterways, and air travel is essential for efficiently moving goods and workers through and from a metropolitan region. The workers who build, maintain, and support that network are vital since their daily tasks keep the region... Read More
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Regional Direction
November 18th 2020

Regional Employment Growth Amidst the Pandemic

The current number of new job posts in the U.S. is roughly 14 percent lower than this time last year, according to a recent data brief released by the FRED Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. With employment continuing to crawl back to pre-pandemic levels and the City of... Read More
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Regional Direction
November 4th 2020

Automation Nation PART 2: Greater Philadelphia's Healthcare and Social Assistance Industry

In the second installment of our Automation Nation series, we dive deeper into automation trends in the U.S. healthcare and social assistance industry and discuss the potential impact in our region. As we previously noted, Greater Philadelphia’s healthcare and social assistance industry has long... Read More
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Regional Direction
October 21st 2020

Philadelphia’s Millennial Population

From delaying marriage and homeownership to their role in progressive social movements, the millennial generation has received plenty of media attention in recent years for their impact on various economic, social, and political trends within the United States. One emerging trend among millennials,... Read More
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Regional Direction
October 8th 2020

Automation Nation PART 1: Greater Philadelphia's Food Economy

For the first installment of the Automation Nation series, we take a closer look at the automation potential within Greater Philadelphia’s food economy.  The Economy League has deep expertise about the regional food economy including, its growth and the impact of the pandemic on its future. As... Read More
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Regional Direction
September 23rd 2020

Greater Philadelphia’s Public Transportation System and COVID-19 – PART 3

Throughout our transit-focused series, we’ve explored ridership trends in Greater Philadelphia and detailed the demographics and socioeconomic status of riders. In this final installment, we explore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the region’s largest transportation authority—the... Read More
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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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