BRAC’s April 21 COVID-19 Brief: BRAC’s Weekly Economic Indicator Dashboard

As part of BRAC’s business recovery priorities, we are producing and distributing a weekly economic indicator dashboard to examine and assess the impact of COVID-19 on the regional economy. The indicator dashboard takes into account a number of data points to illustrate the economy’s current state, and to keep businesses informed until it begins to steady and as it rebounds. Dashboards will be archived on


Key takeaways from this week’s dashboard include:

  • While the number of weekly new initial unemployment claims for the Capital Region is down over the week, the number is still approximately 100 times higher than the typical week;
  • Although commercial/industrial vehicle fuel sales continue to be down minimally over the year, consumer vehicle fuel sales are down significantly (37%);
  • Hotels continue to struggle, with revenues for the week of April 5 – 11 down 77%, and occupancy down 38% for the same timeframe;
  • The number of COVID-19 cases in the Baton Rouge metro remains relatively low, the mortality rate of nearly 6% is quite high;
  • Regarding mobility, retail and recreation remain static, while workplace mobility fell from -34% to -40% over-the-week. This may be due to higher unemployment or more positions working remotely.

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