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Patrick T. Harker, President and Chief Executive Officer

Harker: Path for U.S. Economy Depends Largely on COVID-19

President Patrick T. Harker told an audience at the Center City Proprietors Association that the path of the U.S. economy for the rest of the year depends largely on developments involving COVID-19. Harker also said he hoped the next period of economic growth would be “strong and more inclusive than the last.”

COVID-19 and the Philadelphia Fed

The coronavirus pandemic presents unprecedented challenges for people across the Third District, the U.S., and the world. This is a global health crisis, and health-care providers and public health experts are on the frontlines, saving lives, which is the highest priority. The Federal Reserve System is doing its part by taking actions necessary to support the financial health of households and businesses disrupted by the pandemic. Here at the Philadelphia Fed, we are continuing to protect and support the financial system, conducting outreach with banks and community stakeholders, collecting data to understand the impact on our regional economy, creating new knowledge through research to inform policymakers, shedding light on the impact of the pandemic on vulnerable communities, and much more.

Below are links to information, resources, and research related to COVID-19. We invite you to check back often for updates as new information becomes available.

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  • COVID-19: Equity in Recovery ­– April 30, 2020
    Read more about our new series, which looks at the workers, small businesses, and places most affected by economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • COVID-19 Equity Twitter Chats
    We conducted a series of Twitter chats on the effects of COVID-19. The chats featured a diversity of voices from the Third District and beyond, including national experts.
    • #JobEquityCOVID Twitter Chat – April 1, 2020
      We spoke with experts about job equity, economic insecurity, and the risks workers face in the wake of COVID-19 and beyond.
    • #HousingEquityCOVID Twitter Chat – April 15, 2020
      Experts discussed how COVID-19 and shelter-in-place have amplified long-standing housing issues.
    • #WealthEquityCOVID Twitter Chat – April 22, 2020
      We hosted a discussion about what COVID-19 means for our shared economic well-being, and how we can expand financial inclusion for marginalized individuals and communities.

Messages from President Harker

  • The Impact of COVID-19 on Communities and Small Businesses – July 14, 2020
    Speaking at a Fed webinar, Philadelphia Fed President Patrick Harker said small businesses, and those owned by minorities in particular, are among those most economically impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Economic Outlook: An Uneven Economic Recovery – June 16, 2020
    In remarks to the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, Philadelphia Fed President Patrick T. Harker presented his economic outlook and discussed the Fed’s actions in response to COVID-19. He also spoke about the Fed’s commitment to inclusion.
  • The Economic Outlook for Delaware and the Nation Amid COVID-19 – May 12, 2020
    Philadelphia Fed President Patrick Harker told the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia that he foresees an uneven economic recovery in the months ahead.
  • Our Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic – April 16, 2020
    President Patrick Harker discusses our work to support the economy, our engagement with local communities, and the latest research.
  • Update on Coronavirus – March 17, 2020
    See a statement from President Patrick Harker, updates from the Board of Governors, and links to additional resources.

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