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These posts examine local, regional and national data that matter to the Fifth District economy and our communities.

January 13, 2022

The Fed’s Community Impact Survey reveals COVID-19 disruptions to community organizations’ operations and the low-income communities they serve.

Surekha Carpenter and Hailey Phelps

January 6, 2022

Fifth District firms increase employment and raise wages in response to a changing economy. 

Jason Kosakow

December 16, 2021

According to the latest census data, the share of Americans living in rural areas continued to decline over the past decade, while urban areas have grown.

Hailey Phelps

December 9, 2021

In Florence County, the Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing Technology and its Gould Business Incubator are fostering an entrepreneurial ecosystem and fueling small business development in South Carolina.

December 2, 2021

In a tight labor market, Fifth District firms struggle to attract qualified workers. 

Jason Kosakow

November 18, 2021

The Bureau of Labor Statistics started releasing state-level data from the Job Opening and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS), giving a unique perspective on labor demand around our District.

Joseph Mengedoth and Jacob Walker

Nov. 12, 2021

While all sectors of higher education have experienced declines, community colleges have been hardest hit: this fall, community college enrollment declined significantly for the second consecutive year.

November 5, 2021
Amid labor shortages and supply side disruptions, firms are struggling to fully meet demand and many reported they expect this issue to persist.

Roisin McCord

October 14, 2021

Heirs' property, land passed through generations without a clear title, is an unstable form of landownership that can lead to lost capital and wealth.

Surekha Carpenter and Sonya Ravindranath Waddell

October 7, 2021

The Danville region in Virginia has moved the needle on early childhood education and now has an ecosystem in place to help address future challenges.

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