Four high-frequency indicators of the economy

These pointers are mostly for travel and leisure. It was interesting to watch these sectors recover as the impact of the pandemic recedes.


—– Airline: Transportation Security Administration —–

The TSA provides daily travel numbers.

This data is as of November 13.

Click on the chart for a larger picture.

This data shows a 7-day average of TSA total daily passenger productivity for 2019 (light blue), 2020 (black), 2021 (blue), and 2022 (red).

The The dashed line is the percentage for 2019 for an average of seven days.

The 7-day average is 5.5% less than the same week in 2019 (94.5% from 2019). (Dashed line)

Air travel has been up – as a percentage from 2019 – recently.

—– Movie tickets: Box Office Mojo —–


Ticket office transferThis data shows the domestic box office per week and average for the years 2016 to 2019 (dashed light blue).

Black is 2020, blue is 2021, and red is 2022.

Data from BoxOfficeMojo through November 10.

Note that the data is usually noisy from week to week and depends on when the popular movies are released.

Movie ticket sales reached $75 million last week, down about 58% from the week’s average.


—– Hotel occupancy: STR —–


Hotel occupancy rateThis graph shows the seasonal pattern of hotel occupancy rate using Average four weeks.

Red streak is for 2022, black for 2020, blue is the average, and dashed light blue is for 2021. The dashed magenta is 2019 (STR compares to a strong year for hotels).

This data is as of November 5. The occupancy rate decreased by 9.2% compared to the same week in 2019.

The average occupancy rate for 4 weeks is above the average rate of the last 20 years (blue) and close to 2019 levels.

Notes: The y-axis does not start from scratch to better show seasonal change.



—– Energy Saver: EIM —–


gasoline consumption

This graph shows, based on weekly data from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), gasoline saved compared to Same week in 2019.

Blue for 2020, purple for 2021, red for 2022.

As of November 4, the supply of gasoline is down 1.5% compared to the same week in 2019.

Gasoline supplies have recently been running below 2019 and 2021 levels – and sometimes even lower than 2020.

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