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The Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households in 2021

May 24, 2022 @ 3:00 pm 4:00 pm EDT

Connecting Communities, sponsored by the Federal Reserve System

Last year, families in the United States continued to adjust to the shifting economic environment resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Since 2013, the Federal Reserve Board’s Survey of Household Economics and Decisionmaking (SHED) has provided insight into the financial challenges families were facing and monitored their financial circumstances. Over the past two years, this survey has provided valuable insights into how family finances have evolved through the pandemic. 

During this session, experts will discuss the results from the most recent report on the SHED’s findings which will be released in the days leading up to the event, and the public data file that accompanies it. This survey asked over 11,000 people how their finances fared near the end of 2021. The virtual event will cover findings from the SHED on the ways families fared across a range of dimensions including how parents fared through the pandemic, employment outcomes, retirement decisions, and broader family finances. 


Jeff Larrimore, chief, consumer and community research section, Federal Reserve Board

Alicia Lloro, senior economist, consumer and community research section, Federal Reserve Board

Ellen Merry, principal economist, consumer and community research section, Federal Reserve Board 

Sydney Diavua, director, community partnerships and investment, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis moderator

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The Connecting Communities® webinar series is a Federal Reserve System initiative intended to provide a national audience with timely information on emerging and important community and economic development topics. The webinar series complements existing Federal Reserve community development outreach initiatives that are conducted through Reserve Bank regional offices and at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington, DC.