Patterns of Spatial Inequity: Negative Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Philadelphia, PA, USA, February 17, 2021

As discussed in our recent policy brief Increasing Inequities, the effects of the COVID-19 economic crisis in Philadelphia have been highly uneven. By race and ethnicity, industry of employment, and where workers call home, those that have experienced the greatest impacts are those that have traditionally been excluded from the economic mainstream.

Using unemployment claims data from the State of Pennsylvania and the 2019 American Community Survey, this visualization shows concentrations of claims by census tract and the similar spatial patterns of poverty, unemployment, labor force participation, and educational attainment that preceded the COVID-19 pandemic. A more in-depth discussion on these patterns can be found in our recent research supplement Patterns of Spatial Inequity.

The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic crisis have had significant impacts on Philadelphia’s workforce. As reported previously in Increasing Inequities, analysis conducted by Philadelphia Works has found that the most severe burdens have fallen on already disadvantaged populations. By race and ethnicity, industry of employment, and where workers call home, the unevenness of the COVID-19 economic crisis is exacerbating existing inequities.

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