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Business Response Survey to the Coronavirus Pandemic


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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has developed new data on how U.S. businesses changed their operations and employment since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic through September 2020. This information, in combination with data collected by other current BLS surveys, will aid in understanding how businesses responded during the pandemic. Other BLS statistics collected and published during the pandemic provide indications of changes in employment, wages, job openings and terminations, employer-provided benefits, and safety and health. The new data provides additional insights by asking employers directly what they experienced as a result of the pandemic and how they responded.


December 7, 2020
Data from the Business Response Survey show that nationwide 52 percent of establishments (4.4 million) told employees not to work (with or without pay) for at least some portion of the survey reference period.

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Spotlight on Statistics

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Impact of the coronavirus pandemic on establishments and employment by industry

The coronavirus pandemic impacted all sectors of the economy in 2020. Businesses across the country saw their supply chains interrupted, demand for their products and services decline, and government-mandated closures. This Spotlight on Statistics explores the pandemic’s impact across the economy with emphasis placed on varying experiences by industry and employment in those industries. The Business Response Survey to the Coronavirus Pandemic was conducted from July to September 2020 read more »

The Economics Daily

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Comparing the experiences of essential and nonessential businesses during COVID-19

We use a list of pandemic-essential industries from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to classify essential businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Among essential businesses, 16.5 percent were subject to government-mandated closures from July through September 2020. That compares with 31.5 percent of nonessential businesses. read more »