BRAC’s July 8 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:

  • Consumer spending was flat or down in the largest Capital Region parishes;
  • Retail fuel sales were up significantly at the state level and slightly at the metro level;
  • Mobility data shows more driving to work by regional residents, but less driving to parks, retail and recreation sites;
  • The number of weekly unemployment claims was relatively static for the third consecutive week;
  • Hotel occupancy was up for the week, potentially due to travel related to the special legislative session;
  • While COVID-related deaths and mortality rates are flat, positive test rates and hospitalizations are up.
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