Small Business Pulse Survey Updates

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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

This is the last week of data release for Phase 4 of the Small Business Pulse Survey. Data collection for Phase 5 is expected to begin approximately May 17.

Based on responses collected April 12 through April 18, the Small Business Pulse Survey estimates that:

  • 20.1% of U.S. small businesses experienced a decrease in operating revenues/sales/receipts in the last week. For responses collected 4/5 – 4/11, this statistic was 19.8%

A graph showing if businesses had a change in operating revenues/sales/receipts in the past several weeks, not including financial assistance.
  • 21.8% of U.S. small businesses experienced little or no effect from the coronavirus pandemic. For responses collected 4/5 – 4/11, this statistic was 21.0%

A graph showing how businesses have been affected overall by the Coronavirus pandemic, over the past several weeks.
  • 8.5% of U.S. small businesses experienced an increase in the number of paid employees in the last week. For responses collected 4/5 – 4/11, this statistic was 8.2%

  • 30.9% of U.S. small businesses experienced domestic supplier delays in the last week, based on responses collected 4/12 – 4/18 from the #SBPS. For responses collected 4/5 – 4/11, this statistic was 29.3%

  • 57.9% of U.S. Educational Services small businesses believe that more than 6 months will pass before returning to their normal level of operations. The national average for all sectors for this statistic is 36.8%

  • 54.4% of U.S. Accommodation and Food Services small businesses believe they will need to identify and hire new employees in the next 6 months.  The national average for all sectors for this statistic is 32.1%

  • The Expected Recovery Index, which summarizes the length of the expected recovery of businesses, increased to -0.50, indicating shorter expected recoveries

A graph showing the Expected Recovery Index, which summarizes the length of the expected recovery of businesses.

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Phase 3 of the Household Pulse Survey has concluded. Data collection for Phase 3.1 began on April 14 and will continue through April 26. Data release will be approximately May 5.

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