BRAC’s August 4 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 has normalized at near pre-pandemic levels in the weeks running up to the expiration of federal unemployment enhancement;
  • Fuel sales were down over-the-year both in the region and statewide, although regional retail fuel sales continue to trend toward 2019 numbers;
  • Residential mobility was almost uniformly down across the Capital Region for the week ending July 27, as cases spiked;
  • Unemployment claims stabilized in the weeks following bar closures with around 20 times the pre-pandemic number of combined weekly claims;
  • As cases spiked and states put travel restrictions on Louisiana, hotel occupancy stagnated at 50%, notably below 2019 rates for the same time last year.
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