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Regional Direction
March 25th 2020

The Economic Impact of COVID-19: Philadelphia’s Working Poor and ‘On-The-Edge’ Populations

EDITOR’S NOTE: During this unprecedented time of disruption and uncertainty, the Economy League’s Leading Indicators newsletter will provide a series of weekly data briefs focused on assessing the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic - with a special focus on the most vulnerable segments of... Read More
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Regional Direction
March 11th 2020

Greater Philadelphia's Declining Transit Ridership

In January, CityLab detailed declines in quarterly transit ridership from 2018 to 2019 in several major U.S. metropolitan areas. Apart from Washington D.C. and New York City, the data—acquired from the National Transit Database—showed most metropolitan areas experiencing a decline in quarterly... Read More
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Regional Direction
February 19th 2020

A Snapshot of Philadelphia’s Part-Time Workforce

For this Leading Indicator, we continue our focus on Philadelphia’s workforce – in particular, we look at Philadelphia’s part-time employment population. As we showed in last issue’s data brief, the majority of Philadelphia’s recent employment growth has largely come from foundational-skill and low... Read More
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Regional Direction
February 3rd 2020

Why Haven't Philly Wages Increased with Employment Levels (Part 2)

In the last issue of Leading Indicators, we showed that Philadelphia’s wage growth has lagged employment levels in recent years. We hypothesized as to why this lag persists: much of the city’s recent employment growth stems from increases in foundational-skill-level jobs with lower wages. In this... Read More
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Regional Direction
December 11th 2019

Why Haven’t Philly Wages Increased with Employment Levels? (Part 1)

There’s been an ongoing national discussion of the seeming paradox of concurrent wage stagnation and rising employment levels in the past decade since the Great Recession. As the Washington Post recently reported, while unemployment levels have reached a 50-year low, wage growth has been sluggish... Read More
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Regional Direction
November 19th 2019

Is Philadelphia Heading for a Recession? What Do the Data Say?

Is Philadelphia headed for a recession? National economists and experts are predicting downturn, but what does that mean for our area? What can the data tell us? Read More
GPLEX
September 16th 2019

Ensuring Quality Healthcare for Vulnerable Populations

With a general push towards preventative care, different sectors of the healthcare field are working to provide more resources and programming to vulnerable populations. This brief discusses health disparities in the region and contextualizes how different healthcare sectors are addressing the needs... Read More
GPLEX
September 16th 2019

Neighborhood Stabilization: Investment and Redevelopment in Nicetown-Tioga and Harrowgate

Not all change is equal. Low-income populations are often excluded from the positive benefits of neighborhood change and development. This brief highlights innovative measures of neighborhood change in the context of the North Philadelphia neighborhoods of Nicetown-Tioga and Harrowgate. Read More
GPLEX
September 16th 2019

Investing in Public Spaces

Public spaces are integral to the pulse of any region. They build social capital, drive economic development, foster environmental sustainability, and positively affect individual and community health and well-being. This brief provides case studies of different methods used to fund, build, and... Read More
GPLEX
September 16th 2019

The Fabric of the City: Immigrant Communities

With Philadelphia’s foreign-born population outpacing the growth of the native-born population, there are more opportunities for these diverse foreign-born communities to contribute and participate in the local economy. This data brief presents some high-level analysis on the growth and context of... Read More
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