Tracking America's recovery

From your job to your home to your groceries, Covid-19 has disrupted nearly every aspect of life. This dashboard shows how the economy continues to change as we grapple with life during the pandemic.

Check back regularly to see how America is recovering and adapting to a new normal.

  • For the first time since late July, jobless claims have gone up for two consecutive weeks. Last week another 778,000 people filed for first-time unemployment benefits on a seasonally adjusted basis.

  • Individuals and small businesses still need more federal relief to survive the economic hit from the pandemic. But don’t tell the Dow. It closed at a record-breaking 30,000 Tuesday, having more than recovered from its brief but severe sell-off in March.

  • Meanwhile, the holiday season for hotels is looking very short on cheer, and the coronavirus crisis may cost the airline industry $157 billion.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26

What you need to know

From your job to your home to your groceries, Covid-19 has disrupted nearly every aspect of life. This dashboard shows how the economy continues to change as we grapple with life during the pandemic.

Check back regularly to see how America is recovering and adapting to a new normal.

  • For the first time since late July, jobless claims have gone up for two consecutive weeks. Last week another 778,000 people filed for first-time unemployment benefits on a seasonally adjusted basis.

  • Individuals and small businesses still need more federal relief to survive the economic hit from the pandemic. But don’t tell the Dow. It closed at a record-breaking 30,000 Tuesday, having more than recovered from its brief but severe sell-off in March.

  • Meanwhile, the holiday season for hotels is looking very short on cheer, and the coronavirus crisis may cost the airline industry $157 billion.

The Back-to-Normal Index

The pandemic economy is far from normal. So Moody’s Analytics and CNN Business have partnered to create a proprietary Back-to-Normal Index, comprised of 37 national and seven state-level indicators. The index ranges from zero, representing no economic activity, to 100%, representing the economy returning to its pre-pandemic level in March.
United States

82%

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The economy in the United States is operating at 82% of where it was in early March.

New coronavirus
cases in the last 7 days1,149,922
25% higher than the prior week, updated daily
Number of states with improved Index since last week22
United States
Back-to-Normal state rankings list
as of November 25, 2020
1Maine92.6%
2Mississippi91.3%
3Alabama90.9%
4West Virginia90.7%
5Florida90.1%
6South Dakota89.9%
7Arkansas89.3%
8Idaho89.2%
9Utah88.7%
10Georgia88.5%
11Nebraska88.2%
12Tennessee88.0%
13Louisiana87.4%
14New Hampshire86.4%
15Arizona86.3%
16Rhode Island86.3%
17South Carolina86.1%
18Iowa86.0%
19Indiana85.7%
20Montana85.5%
21Ohio85.4%
22Oklahoma85.3%
23Texas85.2%
24Nevada85.0%
25Kentucky84.6%
26North Carolina84.5%
27Vermont83.9%
28Missouri83.9%
29Connecticut83.6%
30Virginia82.3%
31Kansas82.1%
32Wisconsin82.0%
33Washington80.9%
34Delaware80.4%
35New Jersey80.4%
36California80.3%
37Pennsylvania80.0%
38Wyoming79.7%
39Maryland79.3%
40Alaska79.2%
41North Dakota78.6%
42Colorado77.8%
43Minnesota76.2%
44Michigan76.1%
45Hawaii76.1%
46Massachusetts75.7%
47New York75.3%
48Oregon70.9%
49Illinois70.2%
50New Mexico69.2%

Learn how we created the Back-to-Normal Index

Source: Moody's AnalyticsJHU CSSE COVID-19 Data Data as of November 25, 2020

The job market is still weak

Meanwhile, the housing market is on fire

And stocks are near all-time highs

Americans are saving more and spending less

The shift to online shopping has accelerated

Restaurants and movie theaters are still hurting

And travel has slowed to a crawl