Contributor: Atlanta Fed

Two men and two women in focus group conversation
By Sarah Miller, Ashley Putnam
Businesses tell us they're having a tough time hiring and retaining workers. Do people not want to work or is something deeper going on? We're conducting focus groups with workers to find out what's going on. Here's what we've learned so far.
Cafe worker, like those at risk of going over the benefits cliff, assists a customer
By Fed Communities Staff
Landing a better-paying job is the dream of many Americans. But what happens when a higher salary makes it harder to pay the bills?
Perspectives from Main Street
By Nishesh Chalise, Violeta Gutkowski
The spread of COVID-19 and the many efforts to slow it are impacting communities throughout the nation. To best respond to this crisis, information is needed about the scope and scale of challenges in various communities. This report offers findings of a survey designed to collect information on the effects of COVID-19 on low- to moderate-income people and communities and the entities serving them. The survey was fielded by eight national partners and the Federal Reserve System's community development function.
Green single family home with red steps
By Fed Communities Staff
When making decisions about distributing emergency pandemic-relief funds to distressed homeowners, state officials are using a new tool to identify where those funds are needed most.
Diverse group of employees taking notes
By Federal Reserve Community Development Staff
Imagine that racial and gender gaps no longer exist in the labor market. Would economic benefits extend beyond people no longer facing disparities?
Perspectives from Main Street
By Nishesh Chalise, Daniel Paul Davis, Michael Grover, Violeta Gutkowski, David Kaufmann, Karen Leone de Nie
Throughout 2020, the Federal Reserve surveyed nonprofits, financial institutions, government agencies, and other community organizations to understand the effects of COVID-19 on low- to moderate-income communities and the entities serving them. Here's what they found.