Coronavirus Recovery Tracker

Published: May 8, 2020 8:30 a.m. ET | Updated: May 19, 2021 12:00 p.m. ET

The U.S. economy was decimated by the coronavirus one year ago, but a steady rebound has been underway for months. This tool is designed to help visualize the economy's road back to normal after the coronavirus crisis by tracking unemployment, consumer confidence and other key signs of economic well-being.

The U.S. has come a long way since the early days of the pandemic. The unemployment rate has fallen sharply from a peak of 14.8%. The amount of gasoline used is almost back to normal. Home buying has boomed. And retail sales are almost 10% above precrisis levels. Those are just some of the telltale signs of a recovering economy.

As states fully reopen, MarketWatch is tracking the recovery through a half-dozen weekly indicators that show how much progress the economy is making.