States are weighing reopening—and sending Americans to work—or staying closed. The number of people filing unemployment claims is an indicator of available jobs and who thinks they can find employment. Are people back at work or on unemployment insurance? Has the stock market returned to its peak? Are people traveling? Track the recovery of the US economy here.
Standard of Living
What are people spending to run their households, pay for transportation, and pay medical bills? If people have any disposable income, are they spending or saving it? Spending decreases when the economy is suffering; if it returns to pre-pandemic levels, it could be evidence of the beginning of an economic recovery.
The government spent unprecedented amounts to stimulate the economy in response to COVID-19. Tracking government spending and watching for a return to normal levels is a crucial indicator of whether the government sees the US as in crisis.