BRAC’s July 14 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

GET DASHBOARD Key takeaways from this week’s dashboard include:

  • While consumer spending was near or at pre-pandemic levels at the start of July, small business revenue is down in the three largest parishes – this is due to the fact that many small businesses did not reopen;
  • Although fuel sales are down over-the-year, this is largely due to the corresponding week in 2019 being that of Hurricane Barry, which drove up fuel sales;
  • As cases and hospitalizations in the region rose, mobility dropped, specifically travel to the workplace, which saw significant decline in the region’s five largest parishes;
  • Hotel occupancy was a bright spot, as it was virtually identical to a similar week in 2019. Hotel revenues are on the rise as well;
  • Weekly combined unemployment claims have gone from stagnant to rising over the last few weeks, due mostly to an increase in new initial claims.

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