U.S. Census Bureau COVID-19 Pulse Surveys

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Census Bureau has created two experimental, short-term surveys to help evaluate the effects of business closures and stay-at-home orders in the United States. 

Household Pulse Survey

The Household Pulse Survey is a 20-minute, online survey meant to assess how individuals, families, and communities are being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants are drawn from randomly selected addresses, and respondents may be asked to complete the survey up to three times to track the effect of the pandemic on households over time. Invited participants will be contacted via email or text message. If you have been asked to participate, learn more here.

There are currently three planned phases of the Household Pulse Survey. Results for Phase 1 of the survey were released weekly, and results from Phases 2 and 3 were released every two weeks. Some of the questions asked in the survey changed between Phases 1 and 2.

Download Hawaii ranking and summary data for Phase 1

Phase 1 of the survey included questions about employment status, consumer spending, food security, housing, education disruptions, and physical and mental health. This phase began on April 23, 2020 and ended on July 21, 2020.

Phases 2 and 3 carried over some of the same questions from Phase 1 and included questions on teleworking, the likelihood of eviction or foreclosure, household spending, and disruptions to post-secondary education. Phases 2 began on August 19, 2020 and ended on October 26, 2020. Phase 3 began on October 28, 2020 and is anticipated to continue through March 1, 2021.

Download Hawaii ranking and summary data for Phases 2 and 3

Hawaii Household Pulse Summary Graphs from the DBEDT COVID-19 Economic Dashboard

Census Bureau Interactive Data Visualization (Phases 2 and 3 only)

Small Business Pulse Survey

The Small Business Pulse Survey is a short survey geared towards small business. The survey consists of 16 questions regarding changes in revenues and employees, shifting to other good/services, missed payments, and financial assistance. The survey targets nonfarm, single-location employer businesses with 1-499 employees and receipts of $1,000 or more. The first Small Business Pulse Survey was conducted April 26 – May 2, 2020. The Census Bureau will survey a random sample of small businesses and post weekly updates on Thursdays.

Data availability is subject to weekly response rates and disclosure avoidance policies. Therefore, the specific-industries and number of questions covered by a data release will vary on a week-to-week basis. When available, data for Hawaii’s industries will be posted here.

Invited participants will be contacted via email. If you have been asked to participate, learn more here.

Census Bureau Interactive Data Visualization

Weekly Hawaii Business Pulse Summaries from the DBEDT COVID-19 Economic Dashboard

Hawaii data

IndustryWeeks availableData availability
TotalWeeks 1-9HighDownload
NAICS 23– ConstructionWeek 6LowDownload
NAICS 42– Wholesale TradeWeeks 2-9MediumDownload
NAICS 44– Retail TradeWeeks 2, 5-6 & 8-9MediumDownload
NAICS 53 — Real Estate and Rental and LeasingWeek 9LowDownload
NAICS 54– Professional, Scientific, and Technical ServicesWeeks 1-9MediumDownload
NAICS 56– Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation ServicesWeeks 2-3LowDownload
NAICS 62– Health Care and Social AssistanceWeeks 2-3, 6-7 & 9MediumDownload
NAICS 72– Accommodation and Food ServicesWeeks 3 & 6-8MediumDownload
NAICS 81– Other Services (except Public Administration)Weeks 1 & 3LowDownload