THE CITY Launches “How’s New York City Doing?” Pandemic Recovery Tracker

New tool tracks unemployment, subway ridership, return to office and more

NEW YORK, NY (June 16, 2022)THE CITY, an independent, digital news outlet dedicated to hard-hitting reporting that serves the people of New York, launched a new tool on Tuesday, which tracks key metrics that gives insight into how New York City is recovering in the aftermath of the pandemic. 

How’s New York City Doing?” tracks data about the city’s unemployment rate, subway ridership, and average weekday office occupancy rates compared to other major metropolitan areas. The recovery tracker also  looks at employment rates in the city’s key industries and hotel room occupancy rates to indicate how the city’s tourism industry is fairing. 

The dashboard allows readers to search their subway stops to see how ridership compares to pre-pandemic levels.

In the early weeks of the pandemic, the city lost nearly 1 million jobs, while subway ridership fell more than 90%. Although gains have been made, inching closer to pre-pandemic levels for a variety of key indicators, the city’s road to recovery is multi-facted and non-linear, taking into account several factors.

“We built this tool with questions like ‘Are tourists showing up? How many people are riding the subway, and to where? What does unemployment look like here compared to the rest of the country?’ and ‘Are people returning to offices?’ in mind,” said Richard Kim, THE CITY’s editor in chief. “The goal of this tracker is to get to the heart of these crucial questions New Yorkers have about the city’s recovery and give some indication of our path forward.”

How’s New York City Doing?” is updated weekly and is the latest in a series of tracking tools THE CITY has developed over the last two years, including, Have I Been Redistricted?, Meet Your Mayor, Coronavirus in New York City, and MISSING THEM.

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