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Regional Direction
December 1st 2021

Inflation in Greater Philadelphia - Part 6: Inflation Inequality

This data brief is the sixth part of our series covering the localized impact of inflation on Greater Philadelphia. In part four of this series, we demonstrated that average wage growth in the region lagged inflation – that is, as the cost of everyday items increased, wages remained relatively... Read More
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Regional Direction
November 17th 2021

Inflation in Greater Philadelphia - Part 5: The October 2021 Update

With the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ recent release of the October 2021 Consumer Price Index (CPI) estimates, many national and local media sources noted that last month’s inflation rate was the highest increase seen in the U.S. since 1990. From our previous analyses of localized inflation, we have... Read More
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Regional Direction
November 3rd 2021

Inflation in Greater Philadelphia – Part 4: Wage Growth and Inflation

This data brief marks the fourth part of our series covering the localized impact of inflation on Greater Philadelphia. In the first three parts of this series, we unpacked how regional inflation is measured, how Greater Philadelphia’s inflation compares with peer metropolitan regions, and... Read More
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October 20th 2021

Inflation in Greater Philadelphia – Part 3: Looking in the CPI’s Basket of Goods

This data brief is the third part in our series covering the impact of inflation on Greater Philadelphia. In the second part of this series, we compared the inflation rate of Greater Philadelphia with the other top 20 metropolitan regions in the United States from 2011 to 2021 and found there to be... Read More
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Regional Direction
October 6th 2021

Inflation in Greater Philadelphia – Part 2: Comparing Metropolitan Inflation

This data brief is the second part in our series covering the impact of inflation on Greater Philadelphia. In the first part of this series, we described how inflation is measured and its potential impact on the purchasing power of Greater Philadelphia’s residents. For part two of this series, we... Read More
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September 22nd 2021

Inflation in Greater Philadelphia – Part 1: De-Mystifying Local Inflation

As Greater Philadelphia’s economy slowly emerges from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, inflation has become a growing concern. The pandemic-induced economic lockdowns caused major supply chain disruptions across the globe that will have a long-term impact on the price of goods and services.... Read More
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September 8th 2021

Declining Homeownership in Philadelphia

Philadelphia has long been touted as an affordable big city [1]. As shown in figure 1, it has the highest owner-occupancy rate among its peer Northeast cities, at 53.0 percent.   FIGURE 1 SOURCE: Data were obtained from five-year estimates of the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2019 American Community... Read More
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August 25th 2021

Restaurant Revitalization Funds in Philadelphia

As part of the American Rescue Plan Act in March 2021, the U.S. Congress allocated $28.6 billion to the Small Business Administration (SBA) to aid food or drink establishments that had lost revenues as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program provides funds for establishments where “the... Read More
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Regional Direction
August 11th 2021

Evictions in Philadelphia: A Review of Eviction Lab’s Data

This article was upated and amended on 16 August 2021.   On August 3, President Biden announced an extension of the Center for Disease Control’s national moratorium on evictions, which was put in place in September 2020 to prevent a nation-wide surge in evictions. Originally set to expire on... Read More
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Regional Direction
July 28th 2021

Philadelphia’s Economic Competitiveness – PART 4: City to City Business Growth

In this brief, we complete our baseline comparison of Philadelphia’s economic competitiveness. This piece (along with the preceding three issues) will serve as a jumping-off point for examining the factors that influence Philadelphia’s ability to develop and attract new businesses, grow existing... Read More
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