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Regional Direction
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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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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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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Regional Direction
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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Regional Direction
July 27th 2022

Detroit: Past and Future of a Shrinking City

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 Detroit this October. In this edition, we examine the Motor City’s decline in industrial activity and... Read More
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Regional Direction
July 13th 2022

A Philadelphia-Detroit Comparison: The Economies

We continue our series comparing Philadelphia and Detroit as we prepare to convene 150 Philadelphia leaders in Detroit for the Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange (GPLEX) in October 2022. In this Leading Indicator, we examine both the past and present economic conditions of Detroit to better... Read More
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June 29th 2022

A Philadelphia-Detroit Comparison: The Populations

As part of our Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange (GPLEX) program, the Economy League is convening a diverse cohort of 150 Philadelphia civic and business leaders for a trip to the Motor City this October. To gear up for GPLEX 2022, the next few issues of Leading Indicators will compare... Read More
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