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
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 and major data products.
- The Household Pulse Survey will produce and disseminate data on these social and economic factors in near real-time each week.
- The Small Business Pulse Survey includes information on location closings, changes in employment, disruptions in the supply chain, the use of federal assistance programs, and expectations concerning future operations.
Both will provide weekly measures of the impact of the
coronavirus pandemic on U.S. households and businesses.