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2nd Quarter 2020


Down 25,713 from Q2 2019

Employment was down 14.7% from Q1 2020 while year-over-year employment levels decreased for the first time since Q4 2015.
Unemployment Claims


2nd Quarter 2020


18,937 more than in Q2 2019

Initial Claims for Unemployment Compensation in Q2 2020 were nearly equivalent to the previous 14 quarters combined.


2nd Quarter 2020


28 fewer than in Q2 2019

New Single-Family Construction Permits in Leon County increased 4.9% from Q1 2020, and were 2.4% higher than the Q2 average of 168 during 2015 to 2019.


1st Quarter 2020


Up $23,575 from Q1 2019

Median Sales Price was up 2.9% from Q4 2019, has risen in 11 of the past 20 consecutive quarters in the MSA, and has been lower than the statewide median sales price since Q4 2013.
Tourist Tax Receipts

$1.62 M

1st Quarter 2020


Down $148K from Q1 2019

MSA Tourist Development Tax Receipts decreased 11.1% from Q4 2019. However, Q1 2020 was 16% higher than the Q1 average of $1.39 M during 2015 to 2019.


2nd Quarter 2020


190,285 fewer than in Q2 2019

TLH Passengers in Q2 2020 were down 83.7% from Q1 2020, and 85% lowver than the Q2 average of 193,763 during 2015-2019.
Unemployment Rate


2nd Quarter 2020

+4.7 pts.

Up from 3.1% in Q2  2019

The MSA 3-month average Unemployment Rate was the highest since Q4 2011, when it was also 7.8%.


4th Quarter 2019


$30 more than in Q4 2018

MSA Average Weekly Wage 4-quarter moving average has increased in all but one quarter since 2014, comparing same quarter of the prior year.


2nd Quarter 2020


117 fewer than in Q2 2019

Mortgage Foreclosures in Leon County decreased 90% from Q1 2020. Recent foreclosure data is skewed due to the executive order that stopped foreclosure proceedings statewide in April.


2nd Quarter 2020

+2.1 pts.

Up from 4.0% in Q2 of 2019

Office Vacancy rose 0.4 points from 5.7% in Q1 2020, but was the highest for any Q2 since 2015, when it was 7.8%.
Industrial Vacancy Rate


2nd Quarter 2020

+0.9 pts.

Up from 2.3% in Q2 of 2019

Industrial Vacancy fell 0.2 points from 3.4% in Q1 2020, and was the highest for any Q2 since 2017, when it was 4.8%.


2nd Quarter 2020


Down 18,179 from Q2 2019

MSA average monthly Labor Force was down 10.6% from Q1 2020. The reduction in Labor Force in Q2 2020 put its size about the same as it was in Q1 2005.

$1.21 B

1st Quarter 2020


Down $104.4 M from Q1 2019

MSA Taxable Sales were down 9.7% from Q4 2019, down 0.4% from Q1 2018, and have gone up in 12 of the past 20 quarters, comparing sales to the same quarter of the previous year.

* LEADING INDICATOR: may signal future changes; LAGGING INDICATOR: may confirm pattern already in progress; COINCIDENT INDICATOR: occurs in real time and clarifies condition of economy.

The terms leading, lagging, and coincident deal with the time horizon and not whether the economy is doing “better or worse” relative to somewhere else. Leading indicators are considered to point toward future events, are upstream in the process, and can give a heads-up for anticipated trends. Lagging indicators are seen as confirming a pattern in progress, and can only be known after the event because they are the outcomes of the leading factors that occur upstream. Coincident indicators occur in real-time and clarify the state of the economy. They tend to move in step with general economic trends and give a snapshot context of what is happening and how markets and economies are responding to the factors that affect their direction.

Where Are We?

Employment: The 3-month average employment was the lowest since Q1 1998. The year-over-year employment loss in Q2 2020 was nearly equivalent to the year-over-year gains made from the previous nine quarters combined. However, metro area employment grew 5.2% from April to June, the best two-month employment rally in the past 30 years, higher than the 4.1% growth during August-October 2012.

Unemployment Claims: There were 4,153 claims made in June in the Tallahassee MSA, down from 11,192 in May and 5,025 in April. The increase in May followed by a reduction in June matched the statewide pattern. There were 13 times as many claims made in the Tallahassee metro area in Q2 2020 than in Q2 2019, while statewide there were 25 times as many claims made in Q2 2020 compared to Q2 2019.

Passengers: Airline passenger volume nationwide decreased 80% in Q2 2020 compared to Q2 2019, according to data from TSA. The year-over-year rate of decline for local passenger traffic was down 87%, slightly more than the national rate.

Mortgage Foreclosures: Foreclosure proceedings stopped statewide on April 2, 2020 with Executive Order 20-94, requiring a 45-day suspension of “any statute providing for a mortgage foreclosure cause of action under Florida law.” Subsequent executive orders extended the suspension until September 1. The halt to foreclosure proceedings statewide has distorted the significance of the data as a meaningful lagging economic indicator at this time.


Recent instability in economic conditions has widened month-to-month fluctuation in some of the leading indicators (e.g., Employment, Unemployment Claims). For example, employment had a sharp decline of almost 16% in a single month in April, followed by earnest growth of 2.2% in May and 3% in June. Unemployment claims increased significantly from 5,025 in April to 11,192 in May, then fell to 4,153 in June.

The severity and duration of the COVID-19 quarantine has also adversely affected some of the lagging indicators (e.g., Unemployment Rate, Office Vacancy Rate).

The significance of some indicators has been distorted due to external effects. Foreclosure proceedings stopped statewide by executive order in April. Air travel nationwide in recent months has declined over 80% compared to 2019. Actions beyond local control can warp an indicator’s effectiveness in measuring local development.

Statewide employment and unemployment trends have shown greater month-to-month fluctuation than Tallahassee, regarding both loss and recovery.

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