Pew Dashboard Tracks Philadelphia's Economic Recovery and Growth in the Age of COVID

9 interactive charts measure the health of the city’s businesses and jobs, from pandemic shutdowns to the present

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Pew Dashboard Tracks Philadelphia's Economic Recovery and Growth in the Age of COVID

Editor’s note: The final update to this dashboard was Aug. 4, 2023. This is no longer being updated. On Nov. 7, 2022, the Business Sales by Sector chart was added and the Small Business Sales Revenue chart was removed, because data for the latter is no longer available. On Oct. 5, 2022, the Wages by Sector chart was changed to show the average hourly wage instead of total wages, and the Consumer Spending at Small Businesses chart was removed because its data is no longer available. In January 2022, the Wages by Sector chart was corrected to display each quarter’s value compared with the corresponding quarter of 2019. And in December 2021, the Delinquency on Bills chart’s filter function was repaired.

Philadelphia’s recovery from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic is a complicated and high-stakes journey for its residents, workers, employers, and policymakers. The city’s progress, including any growth, can be tracked by the ever-changing health of its businesses, the jobs they offer, the wages they pay, and what their customers spend. This dashboard provides nine charts on local businesses and jobs at each quarter or month, starting before the pandemic-driven shutdowns in March 2020 and continuing to the present. They are assembled from various data sources and will be updated quarterly. The dashboard also includes two other charts for reference: profiles of the businesses and populations in each ZIP code area before the pandemic.

Using the dashboard

Use one or more of the four filters below to select businesses for viewing. Some filter combinations lack enough data to be displayed.

Please pay close attention to the data time frames, which vary from chart to chart and may not be comparable.

Maps can be enlarged by clicking the + symbol.

Additional details on how to use the filters and interpret the charts, including a glossary of terms, are available below the interactive. The full methodology (PDF) is available as a separate document.

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The interactive dashboard on Philadelphia businesses and jobs produced by The Pew Charitable Trusts for leaders and citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic offered a quarterly look at the city’s struggles and recovery progress.

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Filters

Filter businesses by industry sector or a group of sectors. Charts that are not filterable by industry will fade out when this filter is applied.
Filter businesses by the ZIP code of their physical location. Charts that are not filterable by ZIP code will fade out when this filter is applied.
Filter businesses by the number of employees at their physical location. Charts that are not filterable by employee size will fade out when this filter is applied.
Filter businesses by gender of the person listed as their top executive or owner. Charts that are not filterable by leaders’ gender will fade out when this filter is applied.

Business indicators

Delinquency on Bills

Filterable by: Industry, Location, Business Size, Gender

The share of business establishments paying their bills 31 or more days late, on average. Delinquent bills may include commercial mortgages, loans, credit cards, and suppliers; rent is excluded. Map displays the delinquent share by ZIP code in the latest data period available.

Percent change since initial period
+5.5%
Data by zipcode
19102
5.2%
19103
4.4%
19104
6.0%
19106
6.6%
19107
4.4%
19109
3.5%
19111
7.6%
19112
2.7%
19114
6.0%
19115
5.7%
19116
5.5%
19118
7.3%
19119
5.1%
19120
3.2%
19121
7.8%
19122
5.3%
19123
4.2%
19124
4.9%
19125
2.2%
19126
8.8%
19127
6.4%
19128
4.5%
19129
4.5%
19130
6.3%
19131
6.6%
19132
7.6%
19133
4.8%
19134
5.1%
19135
7.0%
19136
4.2%
19137
4.0%
19138
6.9%
19139
5.8%
19140
5.6%
19141
4.2%
19142
7.0%
19143
5.2%
19144
6.9%
19145
6.9%
19146
5.6%
19147
3.8%
19148
5.6%
19149
6.9%
19150
6.1%
19151
6.4%
19152
3.4%
19153
8.3%
19154
4.5%
Share 31 or more days late
n=44,296
All businesses
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 0.0% 0.5% 1.0% 1.5% 2.0% 2.5% 3.0% 3.5% 4.0% 4.5% 5.0% 5.5% 6.0% 6.5% 7.0% 2020 2021 2022

Notes: Data represents establishments with trackable financial data. Delinquent days are calculated on all credit accounts, regardless of account age or whether payment was being sought. N is the number of businesses resulting from the selected filters.

Source: Experian Days Beyond Terms (DBT)

Financial Stability

Filterable by: Industry, Location, Business Size, Gender

This score represents Experian’s prediction that an establishment will fail within 12 months, based on past delinquencies, legal judgments, bankruptcy filings, collection actions, and industry-specific conditions. This chart shows the average score for the types of businesses selected. The score is a percentile between zero and 100, with zero representing the highest risk and 100 the lowest. The map displays the average scores by ZIP code in the latest data period available.

Percent change since initial period
+7.5%
Data by zipcode
19102
28
19103
28
19104
23
19106
26
19107
25
19109
33
19111
23
19112
31
19114
23
19115
25
19116
27
19118
28
19119
25
19120
21
19121
22
19122
23
19123
26
19124
24
19125
27
19126
25
19127
23
19128
26
19129
25
19130
25
19131
22
19132
21
19133
20
19134
24
19135
24
19136
28
19137
27
19138
20
19139
19
19140
20
19141
20
19142
19
19143
21
19144
22
19145
23
19146
24
19147
23
19148
23
19149
20
19150
20
19151
20
19152
23
19153
27
19154
29
Average stability score
n=44,296
All businesses
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 21.5 22.0 22.5 23.0 23.5 24.0 24.5 25.0 25.5 2020 2021 2022

Notes: Data represents all establishments with trackable financial data. This indicator captures a firm’s financial record from up to six years prior. N is the number of businesses resulting from the selected filters.

Source: Experian Financial Stability Risk (FSR) score

Balance on Credit Accounts

Filterable by: Industry, Location, Business Size, Gender

This is the median balance across all credit accounts on which the balance is greater than $0. An increase can indicate that a business is growing, taking on greater risk, or both. The data excludes balances of parent corporations or multisite chains. The map shows the median balance by ZIP code in the latest period available.

Percent change since initial period
+53.8%