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Philadelphia has seen a slower pandemic recovery relative to the national economy

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Due to the pandemic, there has been a disproportionately high number of job losses among certain demographics.
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A new Pew Charitable Trusts report found that Philadelphia has seen a slower recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic compared to other cities and the national economy.

The report, titled “How the Pandemic Has Affected Philadelphia’s Economy and Jobs,” investigated how COVID-19 impacted Philadelphia’s employment rates and demographics.

As a result of the pandemic, Black workers, female workers, and non-college-educated workers all experienced disproportionately high shares of job losses from 2019 to 2021, according to the report. 

Low-wage sectors in particular — such as the hospitality and retail sectors — saw increasing job loss, facing a 24.2% decrease while middle-wage and high-wage jobs…

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