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Impacts of COVID-19 on Northeast Tourism and Recreation Economies

NERCRD COVID-19 Data Brief 22-02: This data brief characterizes tourism-related economic changes in the Northeast during the COVID-19 pandemic. Comparisons between rural and metro counties are highlighted, showing that different tourism and recreation economies experienced the pandemic’s effects differently too.

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Authors: Jason Entsminger, Luyi Han, and Stephan J. Goetz

Publication: NERCRD COVID-19 Issues Brief Series Date Published: July 27, 2022

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Impacts of COVID-19 on Northeast Economic Activity

NERCRD COVID-19 Data Brief 22-01: This brief is the first in a series to summarize the economic impacts of COVID-19 on Northeastern communities. In subsequent briefs, the series will highlight impacts in key industries and sectors.

Data Supplement

Download an excel spreadsheet providing GDP data at the regional and state level for the Northeast US, to accompany NERCRD Data Brief 22-01, “Impacts of COVID-19 on Northeast Economic Activity.”

Authors: Jason Entsminger, Luyi Han, and Stephan J. Goetz

Publication: NERCRD COVID-19 Issues Brief Series Date Published: July 27, 2022

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Data Report: U.S. Household Food Insufficiency Falls Below Pre-Pandemic Level

NERCRD COVID-19 Data Report 21-02: This data brief was released in September 2021, and focuses on U.S. food insufficiency rates at that time, relative to food insufficiency rates before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. food insufficiency rates have fallen to levels below those in the year prior to the pandemic.

Authors: Stephan J. Goetz, Yuxuan Pan, Jason Entsminger, Zheng Tian

Publication: NERCRD, Penn State University Date Published: September 8, 2021

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Data Brief: Pennsylvania Food Insufficiency Reached New High at the End of 2020

NERCRD Covid-19 Data Report 21-01: The share of Pennsylvania households in which hunger is a problem has increased to the highest rate since the data were first collected at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. According to the U.S. Census Household Pulse Survey, the share of adults in households where there was either sometimes or often not enough to eat in the last seven days reached a new high of 12.7% on December 19, 2020, just slightly below the national rate on that day (12.9%). In this report we also show how families have adapted to this crisis by accessing free food and how households with different incomes have been affected by rising food insecurity.

Authors: Stephan J. Goetz; Zheng Tian; Claudia Schmidt; Yuxuan Pan

Publication: NERCRD COVID-19 Issues Brief Series Date Published: February 12, 2021

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In the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Industry, Market Workers and Local Specialized Freight Truckers May be at Greatest Risk

NERCRD COVID-19 Issues Brief No. 2020-10: This data brief was released during the COVID-19 pandemic and examined data relating to the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Industry during that time.

Authors: Stephan J. Goetz, Devon Meadowcroft, Claudia Schmidt, Prasanjit Mitra and Francesco Di Gioia

Publication: NERCRD COVID-19 Issues Brief Series Date Published: May 12, 2020

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Nonmetro COVID-19 Case Growth Higher in Metro-Adjacent Counties, but Case-Fatality Ratio is Lower so Far

NERCRD COVID-19 Issues Brief No. 2020-8: This brief, published in May 2020, offered a snapshot of COVID-19 cases by county type.

Authors: Zheng Tian, Stephan J. Goetz, L. Goetz-Weiss

Publication: NERCRD COVID-19 Issues Brief Series Date Published: May 5, 2020

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Google Searches Predict Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims

NERCRD COVID-19 Issues Brief No. 2020-5: The COVID-19 pandemic produced historically unprecedented numbers of layoffs, leading to surges in the number of unemployment filings: over 26 million Americans have filed claims for unemployment benefits (New York Times, 4/23/2020). In this brief we show how Google Trends searches predated or anticipated these filings, and how they were propagated across the different states as the coronavirus took its toll.

Authors: Zheng Tian and Stephan J. Goetz

Publication: NERCRD COVID-19 Issues Brief Series Date Published: May 1, 2020

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Brief: Americans’ Food Spending Patterns Explain Devastating Impact of COVID-19 Lockdowns on Agriculture

NERCRD COVID-19 Issues Brief No. 2020-9. This brief is also published as a commentary in the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development.

Authors: Stephan J. Goetz, Claudia Schmidt, Lisa Chase and Jane Kolodinsky

Publication: NERCRD COVID-19 Issues Brief Series Date Published: May 1, 2020

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Rural Broadband Investment Urgently Needed in the COVID-19 Crisis

NERCRD COVID-19 Issues Brief No. 2020-6 – Issued jointly with the Regional Rural Development. By S.J. Goetz, H.M. Stephens, S.J. Rocker, R. Welborn, S. Turner, D. Albrecht and M. Skidmore, April 28, 2020.

Authors: Stephan J. Goetz, Heather M. Stephens, Sarah J. Rocker, Rachel Welborn, Steven Turner, Don Albrecht, and Mark Skidmore

Publication: NERCRD COVID-19 Issues Brief Series Date Published: April 28, 2020

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Social Capital May Increase Social Distancing

NERCRD COVID-19 Issues Brief No. 2020-4. This brief examines whether a community’s level of “social capital” may predict or be associated with greater adherence to social distancing requirements within U.S. counties during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Authors: Stephan J. Goetz

Publication: NERCRD COVID-19 Issues Brief Series Date Published: April 15, 2020

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