The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) developed a new survey program that provides data users with timely information to assess the impact of specific events (e.g., policy changes, strikes, resource shortages, health epidemics, terrorist attacks, and severe weather) on the U.S. economy or on new topics of economic interest. The Business Response Survey allows BLS to collect new information about the U.S. economy in a more efficient manner than was previously possible. The first two surveys in this new program were conducted in 2020, and 2021, and asked U.S. businesses how they changed their operations since the onset of the COVID–19 pandemic. In 2022, the new survey asked employers about telework, hiring, and vacancies at their establishments as we begin to emerge from the COVID–19 pandemic.
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.
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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