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Small Business Pulse Survey Completes Phase 7

The U.S. Census Bureau has released the latest data collected through its Small Business Pulse Survey (SBPS), a multi-phasal effort which measures how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted small businesses across the country. The most recent phase of this study concluded on January 16, 2022.

Beginning in April 2020, SBPS measures the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic across a number of variables, including operating revenues and finances, employee retention and scheduling, changes in operations since March 2020, and measures implemented to slow or prevent the spread of COVID-19 among employees, such as vaccination and testing requirements. Past surveys have asked about the implementation of curbside services, remote work, and loans and other assistance, among others. Impact is measured through self-reported metrics; the Phase 7 questionnaire can be found at https://portal.census.gov/pulse/data/downloads/small-business-pulse-survey-questionnaire_11_15_2021.pdf.

The Census Bureau has made the data collected across all seven phases of the study available on its website at https://portal.census.gov/pulse/data/, allowing for comparisons of responses over time. As of January 16, an average of 23.3 percent of businesses reported a large negative effect on business due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a marked decrease from the original average of 51.4 percent reported the first week of the study (covering April 26 to May 2, 2020). SBPS has further tracked difficulties and delays with suppliers both domestic and foreign since August 2020, shining a light on current trends for businesses and potential pain points in the coming months.

Phase 8 of the survey is tentatively planned to begin in February 2022. Further information on the SBPS may be found at https://www.census.gov/data/experimental-data-products/small-business-pulse-survey.html.

Econometrica Supports Upcoming 2020 Census Data Products

Some data users, eager for more information, have asked why it is taking so long to produce data from the 2020 census.

The U.S. Census Bureau aims to take the time to produce the high-quality statistics the public expects. The pandemic delayed operations, and the Census Bureau is in the midst of implementing new confidentiality protections.

As plans are updated and finalized, Census will continue to keep the public informed through the About 2020 Census Data Products page.

Upcoming data products will include the first results on topics not covered in the apportionment or redistricting data such as sex, relationship, and household type. There will also be more details on age, race, and vacancy status that were not part of the redistricting release.

Users will be able to review more nuanced data about the Nation’s communities, such as:

    • Populations by age, sex, and race.
    • Households by household type, size, and race.

The Census Bureau discusses current plans for the data products and how you can provide feedback here: https://bit.ly/3leYs5W

Census Releases Brief About Childhood Disability in the United States

BETHESDA, MD – The U.S. Census Bureau recently released a brief exploring childhood disability in the United States.

The brief, Childhood Disability in the United States: 2019, uses data from the 2008 and 2019 American Community Surveys to identify the prevalence of disability among children as well as breaks down disability rates by demographic and socioeconomic characteristics.

“The concept of childhood disability encompasses children with various physical, mental and/or emotional conditions that pose limitations to certain activities or tasks,” the Census Bureau said in a statement.

According to the brief, 4.3 percent of children had a disability in the United States in 2019, up from 3.9 percent in 2008, and the most common type of disability was cognitive difficulty. The data also showed regional differences in disability prevalence, with the highest rates in the South and Northeast and the lowest rates in the West.

More information can be found at https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2021/childhood-disability.html and https://www.census.gov/library/publications/2021/acs/acsbr-006.html.

According to the brief, 4.3 percent of children had a disability in the United States in 2019, up from 3.9 percent in 2008, and the most common type of disability was cognitive difficulty.