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Business Response Survey


  • Federal Register Notice for 2022 Business Response Survey on Telework, Hiring, and Vacancies Read More »
  • Federal Register Notice for 2021 Business Response Survey to the Coronavirus Pandemic Read More »
  • Federal Register Notice for 2020 Business Response Survey to the Coronavirus Pandemic Read More »

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has developed new data on how U.S. businesses changed their operations since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.  This information, in combination with data collected by other current BLS surveys, will aid in understanding how businesses responded during the pandemic. Other BLS statistics collected and published during the pandemic provide indications of changes in employment, wages, job openings and terminations, employer-provided benefits, and safety and health. The new data provides additional insights by asking employers directly what they experienced as a result of the pandemic and how they responded.


February 9, 2022
Data from the 2021 Business Response Survey show that nationwide, 34.5% of establishments increased telework for some or all employees, 14.5% increased pay, and 17.5% required some or all employees to get a COVID-19 vaccination.

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December 7, 2020
Data from the 2020 Business Response Survey show that nationwide 52 percent of establishments (4.4 million) told employees not to work (with or without pay) for at least some portion of the survey reference period.

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The Economics Daily

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Establishment response to the COVID-19 pandemic in health care and social assistance

Health care and social assistance employed 20 million private-sector workers in 2021. Employees in this industry have been on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic for more than 2 years. In response to the pandemic, establishments in health care and social assistance increased pay and added workplace flexibilities more frequently than establishments in the private sector overall. read more »

Monthly Labor Review

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Telework during the COVID-19 pandemic: estimates using the 2021 Business Response Survey

Using new data from the 2021 Business Response Survey, this article presents unique estimates of telework patterns observed during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. read more »

Spotlight on Statistics

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Impact of the coronavirus pandemic on establishments and employment by industry

The coronavirus pandemic impacted all sectors of the economy in 2020. Businesses across the country saw their supply chains interrupted, demand for their products and services decline, and government-mandated closures. This Spotlight on Statistics explores the pandemic’s impact across the economy with emphasis placed on varying experiences by industry and employment in those industries. The Business Response Survey to the Coronavirus Pandemic was conducted from July to September 2020 read more »