BRAC’s June 23 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

Despite an overall stagnation in jobs and revenue data, vehicle fuel sales and mobility show a marked improvement over the week. Consumer vehicle fuel sales are positive for the second time in the past three weeks, and are approaching near-normal levels. Additionally, residential travel to work and retail is significantly up to near-normal mobility levels, illustrating a willingness to leave home, even if people are not working or spending as they normally would. Unemployment numbers remain steady at 57,000 claims, a data point that will be critical to reduce as we approach the expiration of federal unemployment benefits at the end of July.


Key takeaways from this week’s dashboard include:
    • Small business revenue varies greatly by parish, and remains down more than 20% in East Baton Rouge;
    • Vehicle fuel sales are up, which tracks with greater mobility from Capital Region residents to retail and recreation, the workplace, parks, and other sites;
    • Despite residents being out and about, unemployment claims have stagnated with around 57,000 people making claims in each of the last three weeks; and
    • While occupancy of hotels is recovering, revenue is still far below 2019 numbers, indicating lower rates due to decreased demand.

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