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U.S. Business Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (ET), Wednesday, February 9, 2022                                USDL-22-0190

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As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, 14.5 percent of private-sector establishments (1.2 million, 
with 20.5 percent of all private-sector employment) increased base wages, the U.S. Bureau of Labor 
Statistics reported today. Establishments in Accommodation and Food Services, Retail Trade, Health 
Care and Social Assistance, and Manufacturing increased base wages at a higher rate than average.

Data in this release are from the 2021 Business Response Survey (BRS) to the Coronavirus Pandemic. 
BRS data were collected from private-sector establishments from July 27, 2021 through September 30, 
2021. Topics covered include telework, workplace flexibilities, changes in pay, COVID-19 workplace 
requirements, establishment space size, relocation, supplementing workforce, automation, drug and 
alcohol testing, and COVID-19 loans or grants. Detailed tables by industry, state, and employment 
size are available at
Changes in Pay
   Hazard pay or an hourly bonus were temporarily offered by 5.5 percent of establishments (471,000, 
  with 15.7 percent of all private-sector employment). 
   One-time, special monetary bonuses for working during the pandemic were paid by 9.4 percent of 
  establishments (809,000, with 23.7 percent of all private-sector employment). 

Changes in Telework
   As a result of the pandemic, 34.5 percent of establishments increased telework for some or all of
  their employees. 
   Among establishments that increased telework during the pandemic, 60.2 percent expect to keep the 
  increases permanent when the pandemic is over.

COVID-19 Vaccinations at Establishments
   COVID-19 vaccinations were required for some or all employees before coming to work on-site at 
  17.5 percent of establishments.  
   A larger share of establishments, 28 percent, offered some or all employees a financial incentive or 
  paid time off, or permitted employees to remain on the clock to get a COVID-19 vaccination.
Flexible or Staggered Work Hours
   As a result of the pandemic, 24.6 percent of establishments (2.1 million, with 33.9 percent of all 
  private-sector employment) started to offer flexible or staggered work hours to employees.

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| Industry, state, and establishment size class data tables are available at                              |
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More Information 

   Data were collected from private-sector establishments only; government establishments were not 
  surveyed. As a result, the estimates of establishments and employment refer to private-sector establishments 
  and employment. Total U.S. estimates include the 50 states, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

   The full 2021 BRS Technical Note is available at

   An earlier survey, the 2020 BRS, asked seven questions about changes businesses made to their operations 
  during the pandemic through September 2020. These data are available at
   Definitions for terms used in this news release are available in the BLS Glossary at

Last Modified Date: February 09, 2022