Economic Recovery

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Between extended economic shutdowns to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, work-from-home policies employed by Bay Area businesses, and a sharp reduction in travel, the region’s downtown cores have experienced a hollowing out of economic activity. As the region recovers, it has become clear that the pandemic has permanently changed how and where people work, how businesses think about their location decisions, and where households choose to live. These effects appear to be most visible in expensive coastal regions, including the San Francisco Bay Area.

To evaluate and track key indicators of economic recovery in the Bay Area, the Bay Area Council Economic Institute and CBRE’s Tech Insights Center are partnering on a three-year, three-part series of interactive reports. The first part of this analysis, published below, tracks jobs, people, investment, economic activity, and costs measured by an economic index tracking recovery across the nation’s 25 largest regions, and a deeper dive into our region’s economic recovery.

Economic Recovery Tracker

Bay Area Deep Dive

What’s driving the region’s recovery?



Where are Bay Area based companies hiring now? How does remote work play a role?

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This ongoing effort is supported by CBRE.