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Small Business Pulse Survey: Tracking Changes During The Coronavirus Pandemic

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The data collection period for the Small Business Pulse Survey is now closed.

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

Business Pulse 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 as well as their participation in federal programs such as the Paycheck Protection Program.

The survey includes information small business operations and finances, requests and receipt of assistance, and measures of overall well-being and expectations for recovery.  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 may aid businesses in making economic decisions and assist researchers studying the effects of the pandemic.  

Business Pulse survey 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 previous collection periods are available by clicking the “View Published Results” button below.  

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Initial Data Release Dates

Phase 1: May 14, 2020

Phase 2: August 20, 2020

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