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Tools - Community Development Resources

The Unemployment Claims Monitor

The Unemployment Claims Monitor is an online tool that displays national and state data on unemployment claims. It provides a view of initial and continued claims, demographic information on claimants, and claimants’ industries. The tool also has information on special unemployment programs for furloughed workers, veterans, and federal workers, among others. It is updated weekly with U.S. Department of Labor data. 

Opportunity Occupations Monitor

The Atlanta Fed’s interactive data tool identifies well-paying jobs across various educational requirement levels in states and metro areas. The monitor separates occupations into labor market groups based on entry-level educational requirements by employers. It also provides geographic-specific information on occupations, including total employment, median salary, and percent of monthly income needed for median regional housing costs.

Home Mortgage Explorer

The Home Mortgage Explorer is a tool that draws from publicly available Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data and enables users to explore trends in mortgage lending between 2010 and 2015 for the U.S. as a whole, states, and metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas. Trends can be examined by loan purpose (e.g., home purchase vs. refinance) and loan type (e.g., conventional vs. Federal Housing Administration), and all measures are provided by applicant and neighborhood income.

Engaging Workforce Development: A Framework for Meeting CRA Obligations

Workforce development contributes to a strong economy by equipping workers to succeed in the labor market and supplying employers with quality talent. This framework, from the Dallas and Kansas City Feds, is designed to give banks—and organizations interested in partnering with them—tools and information to engage in workforce development activities in ways that may help them fulfill their obligations under the Community Reinvestment Act.

Community Credit: A New Perspective on America's Communities

Interested in knowing what credit conditions are like in your community and elsewhere? The New York Fed's Community Credit interactive maps highlight credit conditions in communities across the United States. The maps provide measures of credit inclusion and credit stress for the US., as well as for states and counties, from 2005 to 2014. Indicators include the percentage of quality borrowers and the percentage of residents who have access to some type of formal credit.

Plan. Prepare. Prevail. A Disaster Financial Readiness & Recovery Blueprint.

The Kansas City Fed provides financial forms, checklists and other resources to help consumers and small business owners prepare before and recover after disaster strikes. These resources were developed from a series of focus groups and meetings held in the tenth district.

Federal Reserve Human Capital Compendium

This repository provides access to research published since 2008 by the Board of Governors and all 12 Federal Reserve Banks on topics related to employment, unemployment and workforce development. The aim is to make this resource a vital tool for researchers, students, and all those interested in the economics of labor markets and workforce development.

Center for Human Capital Studies

As part of the U.S. central bank—which has a dual mandate to promote price stability and maximum employment—the Atlanta Fed has a natural interest in deepening its understanding of labor force dynamics and workforce development issues. The Center for Human Capital Studies supports those efforts through its research, as well as by offering such resources as conferences, seminars, and labor market tracking tools.

Center for Household Financial Stability

Visit the Center’s web page for information on this community development research initiative of the St. Louis Fed, which conducts primary and applied research focused on rebuilding the household balance sheets of struggling American families. The Center leverages its research to inform public policy, community practice, families and future research.

The New England Community Outlook Survey

The Boston Fed conducts a semi-annual survey of service providers' perceptions of the economic and financial conditions of lower-income communities and individuals in New England and the organizations that serve them. Read about the results of their October 2013 survey in this report.


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