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Impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on Employee Benefits in the United States for March 2021

This page provides further information on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic for the March 2021 Employee Benefits in the United States news release.

Collection mode

Data for Employee Benefits in the United States are collected by BLS field economists contacting establishment respondents. Respondents may provide information through personal visits, phone, email, electronic file transmission, fax, mail, and video calls. Field economists discontinued personal visits in mid-March 2020 and relied on the other data collection methods.

Response rates

The response rate for collected benefits data was 96.1 percent for the March 2021 release.

Table 1. Response rates for usable employee benefits data eligible for collection
Survey year Response rate

Mar 2020


Mar 2021


Measures of reliability

To help users evaluate the reliability of estimates for Employee Benefits in the United States, standard errors are available for the news release (HTML) (PDF) (XLSX). All published estimates and standard errors are also available through the query tool and Excel dataset (XLSX).

Changes to methods

There were no changes to estimation methods for the March 2021 Employee Benefits in the United States news release. Benchmarking by establishment size was performed using September 2020 Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages data. Benchmarking by industry was conducted using March 2021 (third closing) data from the Current Employment Statistics.

Last Modified Date: September 23, 2021