Market Report

Philadelphia Market Report

4Q 2020

Philadelphia Climbing Out of Spring Job Losses; Full Impact of Health Crisis Not Yet Apparent on Commercial Properties

Philadelphia’s economy slightly lagged the nation into autumn. The metro’s employment base contracted 16 percent in March and April, 1 percentage point above the U.S. The market has since restored 52 percent of those losses, lowering the unemployment rate from a peak of 15.2 percent to 10.1 percent in September, above the national rate of  7.9 percent. The most jobs were recovered in the sectors hardest hit initially: leisure and hospitality, education and health services, and trade, transportation and utilities. Employment at entertainment venues, restaurants and hotels continues to be heavily depressed as forced shutdowns, capacity restrictions and less travel reduced consumer demand at these establishments. Staffs at government agencies and in financial activities faced less disruption, tempering the shock to the office-using part of the labor pool.
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