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

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

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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Are Philadelphia's Businesses Moving Toward Recovery?

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After an up-and-down year of late payments and layoffs, Philadelphia’s businesses are seeing their financial condition improve slightly as they borrow, spend, try to rehire, and carefully navigate a risky new phase of the recovery.

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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
+23.7%
Data by zipcode
19102
9.7%
19103
7.1%
19104
6.6%
19106
7.5%
19107
5.5%
19109
7.9%
19111
6.2%
19112
5.5%
19114
8.9%
19115
6.9%
19116
5.7%
19118
5.1%
19119
4.4%
19120
6.1%
19121
5.5%
19122
4.5%
19123
4.3%
19124
5.0%
19125
3.4%
19126
8.0%
19127
6.9%
19128
6.3%
19129
5.4%
19130
7.4%
19131
8.2%
19132
7.2%
19133
5.2%
19134
4.7%
19135
5.8%
19136
5.4%
19137
8.1%
19138
4.2%
19139
5.8%
19140
5.4%
19141
7.1%
19142
7.6%
19143
5.4%
19144
5.6%
19145
5.0%
19146
5.4%
19147
5.0%
19148
7.1%
19149
9.1%
19150
7.6%
19151
7.0%
19152
3.5%
19153
8.6%
19154
6.0%
Share 31 or more days late
n=42,068
All businesses
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 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

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
+10.5%
Data by zipcode
19102
30
19103
29
19104
23
19106
28
19107
26
19109
35
19111
24
19112
34
19114
24
19115
25
19116
28
19118
29
19119
24
19120
21
19121
22
19122
25
19123
26
19124
25
19125
27
19126
25
19127
24
19128
26
19129
25
19130
25
19131
23
19132
22
19133
21
19134
24
19135
24
19136
28
19137
27
19138
19
19139
19
19140
21
19141
20
19142
19
19143
21
19144
24
19145
24
19146
25
19147
23
19148
24
19149
20
19150
19
19151
21
19152
23
19153
26
19154
30
Average stability score
n=42,068
All businesses
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 2020 2021

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
+38.5%