Economic Recovery & Reopening Update: 11/16/2022

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Economic Recovery & Reopening Update

November 16, 2022

Content Curated By Scott Goldstein



  • U.S. retail sales rose 1.3% last month, a sign of resilience amid high inflation.


  • Rising food costs take a bite out of Thanksgiving dinner. 


  • The busiest days to fly during the holidays.

U.S. Retail Sales Rose 1.3% Last Month, a Sign of Resilience Amid High Inflation

Americans stepped up their spending at retailers, restaurants, and auto dealers last month, a sign of consumer resilience as the holiday shopping season begins amid painfully high inflation and rising interest rates. The government said Wednesday that retail sales rose 1.3% in October from September, up from a flat reading in September from August. (The Associated Press)


Rising Food Costs Take a Bite Out of Thanksgiving Dinner

Americans are bracing for a costly Thanksgiving this year, with double-digit percent increases in the price of turkey, stuffing, potatoes and other staples. Food prices are expected to rise 9.5% to 10.5% this year; historically, they’ve risen 2% annually. (The Associated Press)


Raising Prices? Lost an Employee? Data Breach? Here's How to Communicate with Customers on Touchy Subjects.

It’s not easy to break news to customers that may disrupt their experience with your business. Here’s how to address five touchy subjects with transparency and a focus on customer service. (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)


The Busiest Days to Fly During the Holidays

Most weeks of the year, Fridays are the busiest days to fly, and Tuesdays are the least busy. But during the holidays, that trend doesn’t necessarily hold true. Here’s a breakdown of the best and worst days to fly during the holidays, and how you can avoid crowds and save money. (The Associated Press)

Looking to Get Vaccinated? Here's an Easy Way to Find COVID-19 Vaccines Near You.

Just punch in your area code. You can even search for a specific vaccine. (

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Business Resources

Surviving a Recession (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)


Vaccine Guide for Businesses (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)


General Pandemic Information (State of N.J.)


Business Funding Opportunities Provided by the State (State of N.J.)


Starting a Business in N.J. (New Jersey Business Action Center)


Becoming a Government Contractor (State of N.J.)


Recognizing Cannabis Impairment at Work  (State of N.J.)


Emergency Preparedness (N.J. Business Action Center)

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