After a brutal year of pandemic-induced economic shock, there is brightness on the horizon. Indicators like climbing vaccine rates and increased employment suggest gradual yet reliable improvement.

Economic indicators such as consumer spending and small business openings continued to regularly increase, even during the commercially idle months of January and February. Additionally, any exodus from the Philadelphia Metro slowed during the pandemic, as the region benefited from a national trend of reduced move-outs from affordable cities (compared to an increase in some of the city’s higher-priced neighbors like New York and Boston).