By Katie Marriner and Jeffry Bartash
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.