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Business Response Survey to the Coronavirus Pandemic

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has developed the Business Response Survey (BRS) to the Coronavirus Pandemic. This survey will gather information about how businesses have responded to the pandemic. The BRS seeks to identify changes to business operations, employment, workforce flexibilities, and benefits that occurred from the onset of the pandemic to when the survey is fielded. BLS expects to publish survey results nationally, by state, by sector, and where possible by state and sector.

The main goal of the BRS is to learn how businesses changed their operations. Government policymakers, businesses, researchers, and others can use the data to understand changes in business operations and employment during the pandemic. This information, in combination with data collected by current BLS surveys and other sources, can help in understanding how businesses responded during the pandemic.

This survey will use the BLS business register, based on the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, as its sampling frame. The register contains employment information on establishments in the United States that are subject to unemployment insurance taxes. This register covers 98 percent of U.S. jobs, available at the county, Metropolitan Statistical Area, state, and national levels by industry. The main survey will go to a nationally representative sample of the U.S. economy and be large enough to allow for state and industry estimates.

The BRS questions also will be asked of businesses in the March 2020 Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey. The large sample will allow BLS to quickly collect and publish information about how businesses have responded to the pandemic. The data will provide valuable context to the responses about employment and hiring decisions made at the industry and state level.

We will update this page with links to more information and survey data as they become available.

Last Modified Date: August 10, 2020