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Census: Pulse surveys, business statistics will be updated weekly

Posted April 24, 2020

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New census data packages will examine the pandemic's effect on businesses.

Against a backdrop of unprecedented circumstances resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Census Bureau recognizes the need for accurate, real-time data on the U.S. population and economy.

The ability to understand how individuals and businesses are weathering the current crisis is critical given business disruption, stay-at-home orders, school closures, changes in the availability of consumer goods and consumer patterns, and other abrupt and significant changes to American life.

The Census Bureau is answering the call with three new, major data products. Survey results can assist businesses and help guide decisions on COVID-19 economic aid and recovery packages.

Household Pulse Survey

The Household Pulse Survey grew out of an effort by the Census Bureau to leverage the expertise of other federal statistical agencies. The goal is to measure various sectors impacted by COVID-19: employment status, consumer spending, food security, housing, education disruptions and dimensions of physical and mental wellness.

The Household Pulse Survey will produce and disseminate data on these social and economic factors in near real-time each week.

It is designed to measure and track change over time. The Census Bureau will implement the sample as an overlapping panel survey. Each panel is in the survey for three weeks and then replaced by a new, three-week panel. Respondents in each panel will be interviewed every week for three weeks.

Small Business Pulse Survey

The Census Bureau will invite more than 100,000 small businesses each week to respond to a short, emailed 16-checkbox survey estimated to take five minutes or less to complete.

The survey is expected to reach nearly 1 million small businesses over nine weeks and results could be shared beginning mid-May.

The Small Business Pulse includes information on location closings, changes in employment, disruptions in the supply chain, the use of federal assistance programs and expectations concerning future operations.

Weekly Business Formation Statistics

Earlier this month, the Census Bureau began releasing weekly business application data at the national and regional level.

Initially released as a quarterly, experimental product in February 2018, BFS tracks trends in business applications and formations at the state, regional and national level. The new weekly data provide timely and granular information on the state of the economy.

Appropriate caution is required when interpreting fluctuations since high-frequency weekly data are subject to variation from seasonal factors, including holidays and the beginning and end of calendar-year effects.

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