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Regional Direction
January 17th 2023

New Residents in Philadelphia – Part 1

In this Leading Indicator we dig into the new resident population of Philadelphia since 2018 to better understand changes in the region’s labor market in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Philadelphia has seen growth in its out-of-state resident population since the start of the pandemic [1], and... Read More
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Regional Direction
December 14th 2022

A Review of 2022's Leading Indicators

In our last Leading Indicator of 2022, we reflect on our work this past year and review lessons learned. We also want to hear from you, our readers, about what you think we should cover in 2023; Please Take  our 2023 Topic Poll.   Reviewing Themes for 2022 Leading Indicators In 2022, our... Read More
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Regional Direction
November 30th 2022

Building a Multi-Dimensional Index to Benchmark Philadelphia

This Leading Indicator introduces a research endeavor at the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia to analyze peer cities of Philadelphia across several socioeconomic indicators for improved comparative analysis. The interplay of different regional socioeconomic characteristics creates a complex... Read More
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November 15th 2022

Inflation in Greater Philadelphia: The October 2022 Update

This Leading Indicator provides updates on localized inflation rates for Greater Philadelphia after the release of latest October 2022 Consumer Price Index (CPI) estimates by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. As price increases continue to slow down from August 2022, we unpack the impact of... Read More
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Regional Direction
November 3rd 2022

Test Driving the Anchor Economy Dashboard

For years, hospitals and universities have been regarded as key players in regional economies. While corporate headquarters and manufacturing facilities may relocate to reduce costs, these so-called ‘anchor institutions’ are rooted in place through assets like real estate, infrastructure, and human... Read More
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Regional Direction
October 20th 2022

Impact of COVID-19 on Urban Labor Markets

This Leading Indicator looks at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on private wage, employment, and establishment growth using recent estimates from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). We dig deeper into the short-term impact of the pandemic across these economic metrics for the 20 largest... Read More
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Regional Direction
October 5th 2022

Remote Working in Philadelphia

This Leading Indicator looks at how remote work in Philadelphia has changed before and after the COVID-19 pandemic. We use the latest estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2021 American Community Survey (ACS) to dig deeper into what remote work looks like across different demographic groups and... Read More
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September 21st 2022

Inflation in Greater Philadelphia: The August 2022 Update

This Leading Indicator provides an update on localized inflation rates for Greater Philadelphia after the release of latest August 2022 Consumer Price Index (CPI) estimates by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As prices slow down for the first time in the last twelve months, we unpack the impact of... Read More
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September 8th 2022

Rising Renters of Philadelphia

Recent media and research reports have commented on increasing rents across the country [1,2,3]. Many of us are now familiar with how a tight housing market during the initial years of the COVID-19 pandemic slowed the typical churn of the rental market and kept many first-time and middle-income... Read More
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August 10th 2022

Detroit: The Rise and Fall of a Public Transit System

We continue our Leading Indicator series focused on Detroit as we prepare to convene 150 Philadelphia civic and business leaders for the Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange (GPLEX) in the Motor City this October. In this edition, we examine the state of Greater Detroit's public transportation,... Read More
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