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

10 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: On May 9, 2022, the Small Business Sales Revenue chart was added to this page. The dashboard was previously updated on Jan. 7, 2022, the Wages by Sector chart was corrected to display each quarter’s value in comparison to the corresponding quarter of 2019 rather than the first quarter of 2019. The dashboard was updated on Dec. 7, 2021, to correct an error affecting the display of filtered values in the Delinquency on Bills chart.

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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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
Data by zipcode
Share 31 or more days late

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
Data by zipcode
Average stability score

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
Data by zipcode
Median balance on all accounts

Notes: Data represents all establishments with trackable financial data, excluding branches of parent companies to avoid counting the parent-company balances. Includes all new or old, active or inactive credit lines on which any balance was reported, whether or not creditor was seeking payment. N is the number of businesses resulting from the selected filters.

Source: Experian

Work Locations by Sector

Filterable by: Industry

The percent change, since March 2020, in number of physical places of work in each sector because of the addition, removal, or change of a sector designation. This may include a retail store expanding into product delivery and getting an additional classification as a transportation-sector worksite, or a permanently closed restaurant being removed entirely as a city worksite in the food sector.

Percent change
Percent change since March 2020

Notes: Data represents all establishments in Philadelphia registered by industry sector in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s unemployment-insurance (UI) system, as reported to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is a count of individual establishments with UI-covered workers, not a count of parent companies; one firm can have multiple establishments with distinct sector designations.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages

Small Business Sales Revenue

Not filterable

The percent change, since January 2020, in weekly average sales revenue by credit or debit card—online or in person—at businesses in Philadelphia with fewer than 500 employees, including micro, small, and midsize establishments. Excludes cash, check, store credit, and other payment methods.