BRAC’s November 3 COVID-19 Brief: BRAC’s Economic Indicator Dashboard

BRAC’s Economic Indicator 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 rebounds. Past dashboards are archived on


Key findings from this week’s dashboard include:

  • Unemployment claims have fallen for the fourteenth consecutive week, and are down 63% from the height of the pandemic;
  • Consumer spending has nearly completely recovered in Livingston and East Baton Rouge, and is above pre-pandemic levels in Ascension; 
  • Retail fuel sales continue to outperform sales from a similar week in 2019, up 13% over-the-year in the metro area;
  • The Capital Region continues to recover jobs more slowly than its peer metro areas: all peer areas are within 5% of their pre-pandemic employment count, while Baton Rouge is still nearly 8% below; and
  • Leisure & Hospitality (-28.4% below pre-pandemic job levels) and construction (-17.8%) continue to be the most negatively-effected sectors.
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