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Calculating the Costs of Declining Industries
April 9, 2020

As the U.S. economy falters from closures and layoffs as a result of the COVID-19 virus, policymakers will need to have an understanding of the associated economic costs.

This calculator allows users to paint a picture of the costs from shuttering sectors of the economy for weeks or months. The results are not predictions, but merely illustrations of the short-run impact on GDP from closing down parts of the economy. Users can specify a geographic region, an industry, a percentage reduction, and a duration.




Reduction (%)


Duration (weeks)

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Notes: Calculations are based on Q3 2019 figures. Figures do not include data for overseas activity.

Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Design and Development: Calculator produced by John W. Fleming and Jay Simon. Data compiled by Drew Gonshorowski.