The NIC MAP® Data Service recently released national monthly data through September 2020 for actual rates and leasing velocity. In this release, NIC also provided data on three metropolitan areas for which there is enough data to report: Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Phoenix.
For seniors housing and care operators, the battle to protect residents from the deadly COVID-19 global pandemic can get personal. Their experiences, particularly in the early days of the disease’s spread, shed light on the immense effort it has taken to protect America’s most vulnerable elders, and also on the toll that struggle has taken on residents – and staff – alike. The 2020 NIC Fall Conference presented a collection of “Operator Spotlights” designed to provide some first-person insight straight from the leaders who have been facing the pandemic, and its many challenges, every day since it first hit the U.S. Each spotlight focused on not only the challenges faced, but the solutions leaders put in place—short term and long term—to protect their staff and residents from potentially spreading or contracting the disease.
The Labor Department reported that nonfarm payrolls rose by 245,000 in November and that the unemployment rate fell to 6.7% from 6.9% in October. This suggests that the employment recovery from the COVID-related drop in March and April continues, but at a decelerating pace. The consensus estimates for November had been for a gain of 470,000. In November, nonfarm employment was below its February level by 9.8 million jobs or by 6.5%.
“Due to growing cases of COVID-19 in many parts of the country, market conditions appear to be trending in a similar pattern to that seen earlier in the pandemic. More organizations in Wave 16 reported occupancy rate declines over the past 30 days in the segments serving residents with higher levels of care needs as the pace of move-ins has slowed. The deepest occupancy rate declines were in the nursing care segment, with about one-third of organizations with nursing care beds reporting occupancy declines of three percentage points or more. Residents moving to higher levels of care, cited by one-half of respondents, may be one of several possible factors in greater shares of organizations reporting an acceleration in move-outs for each of the care segments. As potential new residents wait on the sidelines and delay moving into properties, operators remain challenged to backfill newly available units. Recent announcements of vaccine approvals should help restore occupancy in the coming months.”