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Insight: COVID-19 Pulse Surveys from the U.S. Census Bureau

By: Mallory Bateman

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In late April, the Census Bureau applied for emergency clearance of two surveys to measure the impacts of COVID-19 to people and businesses across the nation. These surveys, Household Pulse and Small Business Pulse, are the result of coordination across six federal agencies – the Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the National Center for Health Statistics, the National Center for Education Statistics, and the USDA Economic Research Service.[1] The Household Pulse Survey was scheduled to run for 12 weeks, while the Census Bureau requested an extension of data collection for the Small Business Pulse Survey for the next three years.[2]

Results are released on a weekly basis, with Week 3 being released on May 27. The results are available for national, state, and the fifteen largest metropolitan areas. Both have their own interactive data hubs if you would like to see the highlights of the Household Pulse Survey or the Small Business Pulse Survey.

Initial results indicated a difficult situation for Utah