BRAC’s September 8 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:  

  • Consumer spending rose in all three of the Capital Region’s largest parishes, and it was above pre-COVID spending in Livingston and East Baton Rouge;
  • There was increased mobility to workplaces and retail & recreation in the week ending September 4th;
  • While unemployment claims were down only slightly, it marks the sixth straight week of decline;
  • Because of the high number of evacuees, hotel occupancy was significantly higher both over-the-year and over-the-week.
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