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Business Response Survey to the Coronavirus Pandemic

Questions and Answers

Business Response Survey to the Coronavirus Pandemic Questions and Answers

1. What is the Business Response Survey to the Coronavirus Pandemic?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has developed new data on how U.S. businesses changed their operations and employment since the onset of the novel coronavirus through September 2020. 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.

2. When will these data be released?

Data for the Business Response Survey to the Coronavirus Pandemic are scheduled to be released on December 7, 2020. You can subscribe to receive updates and additional information about the data release.

3. When were these data collected?

Data were collected from July 20, 2020 through September 30, 2020.

4. How were the data collected?

The BRS was collected entirely online. Respondents were solicited via email and printed letters. 

5. How was the sample designed?

BLS selected a sample of approximately 597,000 establishments. The objective was to produce statistics at detailed levels including by size class, state, industry, and some state-industry, state-size combinations.  More information about the sample can be found in the Technical Notes.

6. Will these data be updated?

The BRS is a one-time survey and data collection has ended.  Additional tabulations of the data will be published on the website in the coming months. You can subscribe to receive updates.

7. Who should I contact if I have questions?

You can reach the Business Response Survey to the Coronavirus Pandemic staff by email.