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The U.S. Census Bureau is in a unique position to produce data on the social and economic effects of COVID-19 on American households and small businesses. 

Small Business Pulse Survey Updates: Phase 8

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Based on responses collected March 14 through March 20, 2022, the Small Business Pulse Survey estimates that:

  • 21.5% of U.S. small businesses experienced a large negative effect from the Coronavirus pandemic. For responses collected 3/7-3/13, this statistic was 22.5%
  • 31.0% of U.S. wholesale trade small businesses experienced a moderate increase in demand compared to six months ago. For responses collected 3/7-3/13, this statistic was 28.4%
  • 65.7% of U.S. retail trade small businesses experienced domestic supplier delays last week. For responses collected 3/7-3/13, this statistic was 63.9%
  • 57.8% of U.S. accommodation and food services small businesses experienced a large increase in prices they pay for goods and services compared to six months ago. For responses collected 3/7-3/13, this statistic was 54.8%
  • 9.7% of U.S. small businesses required employees to have proof of COVID-19 vaccination before physically coming to work last week. For responses collected 3/7-3/13, this statistic was 10.6%

Household Pulse Survey: Phase 3.4


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Phase 3.4 of the Household Pulse Survey is underway. Phase 3.4 includes a new question on receipt/intention to receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster; modifications to questions relating to children’s vaccinations that expand response options to include children’s age categories; modified reference periods for school enrollment and spending questions; removal of an educational catch-up question; and a reinstated question related to distance learning. The first data will be released on March 23 and will continue to be released monthly until May 18, 2022.

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COVID-19 Data Hub & Additional Resources

The Census Bureau’s COVID-19 Data Hub is designed to help guide the nation as it recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic by providing economic and demographic data. Version 2.6 is now available!

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Business Formation Statistics Updates

The February 2022 Business Formation Statistics Report came out earlier this month. Visit the link below for data, graphs, and more.

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