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Small Business Pulse Survey: Tracking Changes During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Small Business Pulse Survey: Tracking Changes During The Coronavirus Pandemic

The Small Business Pulse Survey (SBPS) measures the effect of changing business conditions during the Coronavirus pandemic on our nation's small businesses.

SBPS data complements existing U.S. Census Bureau data collections by providing high-frequency, detailed information on the challenges small businesses are facing during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Data is available by sector and state for the fifty most populous Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs). Survey results give local, state, and federal officials essential real-time data to aid in policy and decision-making. In addition, the information aids businesses in making economic decisions and assists researchers studying the effects of the pandemic.

SBPS results are experimental data products and are subject to suppression based on overall response and disclosure avoidance thresholds. Data products may not meet some of the Census Bureau’s statistical quality standards.

Data tabulations and visualizations from ​the current and previous collection periods are available by clicking the “View Published Results” button.

Data from the Phases Cover these Periods

Phase 1: April 2020 - June 2020

Phase 2: August 2020 - October 2020

Phase 3: November 2020 - January 2021

Phase 4: February 2021 - April 2021

Phase 5: May 2021 - July 2021

Phase 6: August 2021 - October 2021

Phase 7: November 2021 - January 2022

Phase 8: February 2022 - April 2022

Learn More

America Counts: Stories About the Small Business Pulse Survey

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Exploring Economic Data by Topic
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The 83rd annual Mom and Pop Business Owners Day is an opportunity to highlight their impact and Census Bureau tools and resources available for small business.
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Census Bureau Survey Now Measures COVID Impact on Workforce, Supplies
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Small Business Pulse Survey Reveals Price Increases by Sector
Phase 6 wrapped up October 17 and Phase 7 went into the field November 15. Will Phase 7 show that these economic trends are continuing?
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U.S. Small Businesses Suffer Supply Chain Disruptions
Over 60% of manufacturers responding to the Small Business Pulse Survey saw disruptions in domestic supplies and 39% need to identify new supply options.
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Puerto Rico Has Tougher Workplace Vaccine Requirements Than U.S.
Puerto Rico leads U.S. states in small businesses requiring proof their employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to work.
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Many Small Businesses Not Requiring Workers To Get Tested, Vaccinated
First results from Phase 4 of the Census Bureau’s Small Business Pulse Survey show the majority of respondents do not require workers get tested or vaccinated.
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Census Survey Shows Shift in Expectations from Spring to Winter
The Small Business Pulse Survey shows a majority of businesses face long-term challenges while others experienced little or no effect from the pandemic.
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Census Bureau Launches Phase 2 Small Business Pulse Survey
New topics are covered in Phase 2 of the survey, from the change in the number of hours employees work from home to the rehiring of workers.
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New Small Business Pulse Survey Shows COVID-19 Impact on Businesses
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New Surveys Give Timely Info on Families, Businesses During Pandemic
The Household Pulse and Small Business Pulse surveys will provide current household and economic statistics on the impact of the pandemic.


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Page Last Revised - September 20, 2023
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