BRAC’s June 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 takeaways from this week’s dashboard include:

    • Weekly retail and commercial/industrial vehicle fuel sales were up over-the-year, potentially due to individuals and companies purchasing in preparation for the tropical storm;
    • Consumer spending is nearly identical to pre-pandemic levels in Ascension and Livingston parishes, and down only 12% in East Baton Rouge;
    • Initial and continued unemployment claims continue to drop for the region, but at a relatively slow pace;
    • As mobility increased in the region, hotel occupancy rose for the seventh consecutive week, and is within single-digits of 2019 occupancy rates.

If your business is interested in sponsoring BRAC’s economic indicator dashboard, contact Michelle Mahaffey at

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