BRAC’s June 2 COVID-19 Brief: BRAC’s Weekly Economic Indicator Dashboard

BRAC is producing a weekly 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:

    • Hourly employment at small businesses rose several percentage points in East Baton Rouge and Livingston, but nearly 7% in Ascension, which is approaching pre-pandemic levels;
    • While both initial and continued unemployment claims have fallen weekly in the Capital Region for the last month, claims are still nearly 3,000% higher than the week preceding pandemic closures;
    • Both public transit data and traffic counts show significant over-the-month increases, reflecting the increase in activity once Phase One began;
    • Although hotel revenue is still down considerably, likely due to lower rates, occupancy is still on the rise. The week ending May 23 saw occupancy up to 73% of what it was on a similar week in 2019;
    • Retail and recreation mobility for the region was down only 6% from pre-pandemic norms last week; it was down 30% from those norms a week earlier.

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