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.

Friday, September 18:

  • The US economy and the financial well-being of millions of Americans are a long way from their pre-pandemic levels. But billionaires saw their fortunes jump by an estimated $845 billion in the past six months.

  • Most US stock indexes are up for the year – except for the Russell 2000, home to US small caps. It’s down nearly 8%. But some think 2021 might finally be the time for the Davids of the market to start outperforming the tech Goliaths.

  • A governance scandal and an economic crisis may have knocked coworking company WeWork on its heels. But it is now attracting some new tenants in the age of social distancing, the CEO says.

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

76%

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The economy in the United States is operating at 76% of where it was in early March.

New coronavirus
cases in the last 7 days
266,414
6% higher than the prior week, updated daily
Number of states with improved Index since last week1
0%
100% = Normal
United States

Learn how we created the Back-to-Normal Index

Source: Moody's AnalyticsJHU CSSE COVID-19 Data Data as of September 18, 2020

Your Job

Essential workers in hospitals and grocery stores were hailed as everyday heroes, office workers shifted to working from home, and millions of other Americans 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 have made a comeback faster than other parts of the US economy, Wall Street insiders are bracing for volatility ahead of the November election.

Your Money

Your income and savings might have changed dramatically since March. 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.