BRAC’s September 15 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 seventh consecutive week – a 30% drop in total claims over that time;
  • Consumer spending dipped considerably in the last week of August, but that doesn’t account for expected higher spending due to the influx of evacuees from Southwest Louisiana;
  • Retail fuel sales continue to trend higher than a similar week last year at both the state and regional level;
  • Hotel occupancy spiked in the week ending September 5th to 92% due to evacuees staying in the region as recovery efforts continue;
  • Mobility was mostly static, although park attendance was up in several parishes; 
  • CATS continues to have about 50% of the weekly ridership that they had last year.
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