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Home Repair Costs in Baltimore

The COVID-19 pandemic has put housing stability at the forefront of public policy discussions, and home repair is a critical piece of that conversation. What were total home repair costs in Baltimore prior to the pandemic, and how might COVID-19 impact home repair?
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Higher Education in the Wake of COVID-19

COVID-19 has disrupted traditional higher education institutions and is forcing institutions to make substantial changes to their plans for the coming academic year.
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Why Were Fifth District Residents Out of Work? Insights From the July Household Pulse Survey

July data from the Household Pulse Survey reveals some of the reasons people have not been working and how households met their spending needs.
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Interpreting Unemployment Data in the Time of COVID-19

Since mid-March, a record number of people have become unemployed and filed for unemployment benefits. While both the unemployment rate and the number of unemployment insurance claims have fallen since the peak in April, the number of unemployment claims has been falling at a much slower rate. Policy changes and the unique nature of the COVID-19 pandemic have led to this deviation and may impact the way labor market health is evaluated going forward.
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The Federal Reserve’s COVID-19 Community Impact Survey

The Federal Reserve developed and fielded a survey of community-based organizations to better understand the impacts of COVID-19 on their operations and the communities they serve. Fifth District respondents in April and June expressed that while organizations and communities are experiencing significant disruptions, effects are expected to be longer-lasting for the latter.
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Observing Recent Trends in Job Postings

The number of job postings dropped considerably in the United States and the Fifth District in March and April but showed signs of recovery in May. A look at the data reveals how labor demand has varied by types of jobs amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The Homework Gap: Digital Access at Home for Students in the Fifth District

The digital access “homework gap” most severely affects students in poor households and is compounded in rural areas by a lack of broadband internet infrastructure.
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April Update: The Coronavirus and Firms in the Fifth Dis

Over the past several weeks, social distancing and shutdowns have impacted our economy. Fifth District firms continued to tell us how COVID-19 has affected their business operations in recent surveys.
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Maryland’s Sluggish Payroll Employment Growth

Explore how payroll employment growth in Maryland has differed from the nation since the Great Recession in this Regional Matters article.
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COVID-19: Unemployment Claims and Unemployment in Virginia

Over the course of three weeks (from March 15 to April 4), more than 360,000 Virginians filed for unemployment. What does this mean for other employment measures and where might we see Virginia's unemployment rate go?
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