Economic Outlook 

As shutdowns continue to end around the country, positive trends for reopening are encouraging.However, some industries are faring better than others. 

5/26/20 | May consumer confidence tops estimates as the US unwinds economic shutdowns 

5/26/20 | Housing market heating up during COVID-19 pandemic 

5/26/20 | Dow leaps 530 points as hopes for a smooth reopening gain traction 

5/25/20 | For economy, worst of coronavirus shutdowns may be over  

5/25/20 | Seasonal businesses brace for a difficult summer 

5/21/20 | The COVID quarantine is fueling a boom in new online ventures 

Economic Relief Programs 

PPP recipients try to ensure their loans will be forgivenCongress continues to discuss a potential secondround of stimulus funds. 

5/26/20 | PPP forgiveness has some businesses hesitant to apply or spend 

5/25/20 | What a new round of $1,200 stimulus checks would mean for the markets 

5/23/20 | May 22 PPP final interim rules provide further guidance and some suprises 

5/22/20 | Three tips to make the most of your PPP loans 

5/20/20 | Small business relief tracker: Funding, grants, and resources for business owners grappling with coronavirus 

Local Business Updates 

Osceola County has the highest unemployment rate in Florida. New COVID-19 cases continue to be reported and businesses continue to work towards reopening safely.   

5/26/20 | Florida reports 509 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, and seven more deaths 

5/26/20 | By the numbers: Florida county unemployment rates 

5/25/20 | Still need financial assistance? Here are the relief funds from Tampa Bay counties and cities 

5/25/20 | Florida’s universities focused on reopening while grabbling with many questions 

5/25/20 | Businesses will lead our region’s recovery 

5/24/20 | Vacation rentals in 42 Florida counties now cleared to open  


A selection of helpful strategic resources from Forbes and Inc. on how to navigate through this pandemic economy.  

5/25/20 | How marketers can help restore consumer confidence 

5/23/20 | How to prepare for the future of work now  

5/21/20 | How to make smarter decisions in chaos 

5/21/20 | 7 astronauts offer tips on how to thrive while social distancing  

Numbers as of End-of-Day 5/26/20 

There have now been 52,255 cases throughout the state of Florida and 2,259 deaths.  

Totals by county: 

Duval: 1,484 cases and 44 deaths 

Hillsborough: 1,969 cases and 72 deaths 

Orange: 1,849 cases and 39 deaths 

Manatee: 990 cases and 91 deaths 

Pasco: 369 cases and 13 deaths 

Pinellas: 1,196 cases and 75 deaths 

Polk: 891 cases and 50 deaths 

Sarasota: 594 cases and 73 deaths 

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