BRAC’s October 6 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:

  • Weekly unemployment claims fell for the tenth straight week, and are down 39% in that timeframe;
  • The Capital Region added 11,400 jobs in August, which is the largest monthly job growth on record by several thousand;
  • The Capital Region has gained more jobs back than some in-state metro areas like New Orleans, but trails some of its peer cities;
  • Hotel occupancy was up over-the-year for the fifth week in a row, as were revenues;
  • While most sectors have shown strong signs of recovery, the Leisure & Hospitality and Construction sectors – two of the largest in the region – are still struggling.
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