Total retail sales in 2020 were down about 2 percent from what we might have expected in the absence of the pandemic. Within the overall retailing category, however, there were major shifts.
The downward trend in the summer began to reverse itself as people went back indoors, and health authorities feared the impact of holiday travel and gatherings later in the fall.
Just as overall population growth is unevenly distributed around the region, so is growth in school enrollments. And the two are not as closely related as you might think.
2021 is the year when everything goes back to normal, right? So, how close have we gotten? It turns out that in the aggregate, we are not too far off from normal.
Statewide, driver’s license trade ins were down 38 percent from last year. By later in the year, though, migration activity was picking up.