BRAC’s August 11 Covid-19 Brief: BRAC’s Economic Indicator Dashboard

BRAC produces an economic indicator dashboard as part of our business recovery priorities. The dashboard examines and assesses the impact of COVID-19 on the regional economy, taking into account a number of data points to illustrate the economy’s current state, and to keep businesses informed as it begins to steady and rebound. Past dashboards are archived on


Key findings from this week’s dashboard include:  

  • Consumer spending was notably down in East Baton Rouge after the state re-closed select businesses, even before federal unemployment benefits lapsed;
  • Over the same time period, East Baton Rouge, Ascension, and Livingston all saw a sharp drop in small businesses open;
  • Retail vehicle fuel sales in the Capital Region rose for the second consecutive week, and were on par with the same week in 2019;
  • Retail and recreation mobility increased over the week, as did travel to parks;
  • Total unemployment claims in the Capital Region are down slightly over the week, but appear to have essentially plateaued; and
  • Similarly, hotel occupancy remained at 50% last week – a rate above most COVID weeks, but below the same time last year.
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