After easing restrictive lockdown measures over the summer season, the world is now going through a second surge within the coronavirus pandemic that has already brought on probably the most extreme international financial contraction since a minimum of the Nineteen Thirties.

The place lockdowns have eased, financial exercise had began to get well however now faces headwinds from new restrictions as case counts climb. As a result of there’s a lag of weeks to months between when official financial information is produced and the time frame it covers, it’s outdated earlier than it’s revealed.

The FT is monitoring probably the most related various indicators to supply an early view of adjustments in exercise as they occur throughout key sectors and nations. In addition to common updates to the charts, new indicators can be added as they change into out there.


A series of charts showing job postings data, comparing the gap in trend between 2020 and 2019. In all countries shown - the US, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK, Australia, Brazil, India and Japan, postings remain well below 2019 levels, showing only modest signs of recovery from the bottom of the tren

Official unemployment figures undergo from an absence of worldwide comparability. Nonetheless, different info will help make clear the affect of the disaster — which has brought on thousands and thousands to lose their jobs or depend on authorities furlough schemes — on the employment market.

Job postings information from recommend {that a} labour market restoration has barely began. Nations such because the US, which didn’t depend on furlough schemes to maintain staff connected to their former corporations, have seen each extra unemployment and an even bigger uptick in job postings.


Charts showing that in many countries, visits to entertainment and restaurant hubs have recovered

Family spending makes up the biggest a part of the financial system in most nations, and the restoration largely will depend on shoppers regaining the boldness to extend spending from ultra-low ranges.

Google Mobility information — which observe footfall site visitors — from retail and leisure hubs is taken into account a proxy for shopper spending. It reveals that after an preliminary uptick, fewer individuals are visiting crowded areas as case counts rise in lots of nations.

Chart of box office admissions across the world - there is recovery in most markets, but it is very modest

Cinemas inform the same story. After a gradual return, visits have once more dropped off in lots of nations the place confirmed circumstances of the virus have risen.


Charts of reservations, occupancy rates and revenue compared to levels in 2019 showing a slow and fragile recovery for tourism

Tourism was one of many sectors hit worst by the strict lockdowns and journey bans in March and April. World arrivals are set to shrink by between 58 and 78 per cent yr on yr in 2020, in response to the UN World Tourism Group. The physique estimates 100m-120m direct tourism jobs are in danger.

Chart of level of reservations compared to same week in 2019 for eight countries (France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Indonesia, Morocco, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam which shows that tourism recoveries have been interrupted by concerns and restrictions over Covid-19 resurgence

As lockdowns eased and borders started to reopen throughout Asia and Europe, flight and lodge occupancy information confirmed worldwide mobility slowly resuming. Nonetheless, the newest information from recommend reservations have been hit by a resurgence of Covid-19 in lots of nations, with individuals remaining cautious about their future journey plans.

Line chart showing how commercial flight traffic for 2020 remains well below equivalent periods in 2019

In accordance with information revealed by Flightradar24 business air site visitors quantity in January was really above the equal interval of a yr earlier. Nonetheless numbers fell precipitously in late March and by early April have been round a 3rd of typical ranges. Restoration has been gradual, reflecting declines in each tourism and enterprise journey throughout the disaster.

Reporting, information evaluation and graphics by Steven BernardJohn Burn-MurdochCaroline NevittAlan SmithCale Tilford, Keith Fray and Aleksandra Wisniewska. Edited by Adrienne Klasa