Tracking America's recovery

From your job to your home and your groceries, you know Covid-19 has disrupted every aspect of your life. This dashboard shows how things have changed, and will track the recovery in detail.

Monday, Aug. 3:

  • The $600 federal unemployment benefit that kept Americans and the economy afloat for the last four months has expired. The pressure is building on Congress to act.

  • Microsoft is still looking at buying TikTok, the app that's super popular with younger Americans but is owned by a Chinese start-up and viewed as a potential national security risk.

  • The nation's first department store has filed for bankruptcy. Lord & Taylor, which debuted in 1826 in New York, joined other struggling retailers in filing for Chapter 11.


Your Job

Essential workers in hospitals and grocery stores are now hailed as everyday heroes, office workers have shifted to working from home, and millions of other Americans have filed for unemployment. It's safe to say — your job might never be the same after the pandemic.

Your Home

It definitely got harder to sell your home during the pandemic. No open houses. Virtual closings. And many owners hesitated to put their homes on the market. Thanks to the Fed's stimulus efforts, though, you may be able to refinance or take out a mortgage at record low rates.

Your Investments

Resist the temptation to check your 401(k) every day. Although stocks started making a comeback faster than other parts of the US economy, they still remain below their pre-pandemic high.

Your Money

Your income and savings might be especially volatile right now. During the pandemic, Americans have tightened their spending and chosen to save more, as they grapple with a historically weak job market.

Your Leisure

When's the last time you dined in a restaurant or went to the movies? If it's been months, you're not alone. The pandemic brought these leisure activities to a halt.

Your Travel

Early in the pandemic, you may have marveled at low gas prices in your area, but that was in large part because many Americans no longer commute to work. They've stopped flying, too.