BRAC’s July 21 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:

  • While overall consumer spending remains on an upward trend, small business revenue is still notably down, likely due to the high number of small businesses still closed – 14% in Ascension, 18% in East Baton Rouge, and 31% in Livingston;
  • Retail fuel sales for Baton Rouge and the state had their strongest week since the pandemic began with the Capital Region showing 17% over-the-year growth and the state at 15%.
  • Mobility was flat for most categories; it was down 1-2% for workplace travel in every Capital Region parish. CATS ridership also saw a notable over-the-year dip;
  • Weekly total unemployment claims were down very slightly for the first time in three weeks, but the number of weekly claims has plateaued since late May;
  • Hotel occupancy remains a bright spot, with occupancy nearly matching the industry’s 2019 numbers.
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