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Insight: Digging into COVID-19 Household Data with GPI’s New Data Tool

By: Mallory Bateman and Emily Harris

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In June, we provided a brief overview of the Household and Small Business Pulse surveys administered by the Census Bureau. These surveys aim to provide insights into the impact of COVID-19 on the population and small businesses across the country. The resulting data from both surveys provides a nearly contemporaneous and recurring set of data to illustrate those impacts. Phase 1 of the Household Pulse Survey ended on July 21, 2020, with the last set of data released in early August.

The Gardner Institute’s new Household Pulse Survey Data Tool allows users to easily access Utah data by selected demographic characteristics within the state. We included the weekly survey results on employment, housing, access to technology for education, insurance coverage, mental health, and food sufficiency. We examined responses to these questions by age groups, household income, and race. Following guidance from the Census Bureau, we combined weekly data into two-week data, and grouped small subpopulations to reduce some variability of the sample-based survey.

In general, the trends we saw in the first three weeks of data remained tr