Immigration and COVID-19

The United States has always been a nation of immigrants. While the annual numbers have fluctuated dramatically, a peak of 1.8 million people were admitted as lawful permanent residents in 1991, and in most years of the last decade, the number has averaged around 1...

COVID-19 and Unemployment

With the rise in COVID-19 cases, some states are rolling back openings of businesses. When combined with PPP programs running out next month, this could lead to another spike in unemployment claims. Since early April, AGS has released a weekly dataset on unemployment...

COVID-19 and Finances

There seems to be a domino effect happening in the financial world, from state and local closures, to job loss, and as a result, a growing amount of consumer debt, bankruptcies and mortgage defaults. The wave of bankruptcies, especially those in the retail sector,...

COVID-19 and Tourism

The travel industry generally accounts for about 3% of GDP and was the very first economic casualty of the “stay-at-home” orders. Within a matter of just a few weeks, air travel dropped to near zero. Cruise lines cancelled their entire seasons. Major theme parks...