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Metro Recovery Index

Alan Berube and Sarah Crump · Last updated: May 7, 2021

Editor’s note: This page and its data was last updated on May 7, 2021. To view a more recent analysis of metro area economic recovery, please read our June 2022 publication.

The impacts of the COVID-19 recession and the road to recovery differ widely across local economies. The Metro Recovery Index presents data across a variety of indicators to provide a picture of the impact of the crisis (compared to a pre-crisis state) and the trajectory of recent change, for both large and midsized U.S. metropolitan areas. The indicators track impacts and trajectories in three major categories: the labor market, the real estate market, and other areas of economic activity. Brookings Metro will update the tracker on at least a monthly basis as providers release new data, and provide related analysis through its blog The Avenue.

Metro Recovery Index at a glance

Readers can view the data in two ways: impact from pre-crisis baseline, and trajectory over the most recent month. Additionally, readers can select a metro area size class to view data for very large (at least 1M residents), large (500k to 1M residents), and medium-sized metro areas. (250k to 500k residents).

Metro Recovery Index dashboard

View detailed trend data and rankings for each indicator in the Metro Recovery Index dashboard below, for all 192 U.S. metro areas with at least 250,000 residents.

New COVID-19 cases:

New COVID-19 cases

Labor market:

Number of jobs

Unemployment rate

Job postings

Economic Activity:

Airport passengers

Mobility to workplaces

Small business hours

Small business closings

Real estate:

Active listing count

Median list price

Commercial vacancies

Multifamily rent

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