Coronavirus Stats: Impact on Local Small Business

Homebase is a free scheduling and time tracking tool used by 100,000+ local businesses and their hourly employees.

Homebase’s customers in the US primarily consist of restaurant, food & beverage, retail and services and are largely individually owned/operator-managed businesses.

Our data shines a light on the impact COVID-19 has had on Main Street businesses through three key measures:

1) the volume of hours worked by employees
2) the number of businesses open at all
3) the number of employees working

Read our original blog post introducing this data

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This coronavirus dataset is based on Homebase data for over 60,000 businesses and 1 million hourly employees active in the US in January 2020. All the rates compare that day vs. the median for that day of the week for the period Jan 4, 2020 – Jan 31, 2020.

  • “Hours worked” is calculated from the hours recorded in Homebase timecards.
  • “Locations open” is based on whether or not a business had at least one employee clock-in.
  • “Employees working” is based on the distinct number of hourly workers with at least one clock-in.

Note that the cyclical dips represent the weekends—one interesting insight from the data is that businesses are more likely to be closed on the weekends, relative to weekdays, in comparison to the January benchmark.

Use the tools in the “Overall” section to compare coronavirus impacts across city, state, industry, and key metrics. The city and state pages track impact for each location by industry and key metric.

We are actively partnering with journalists, academics and policymakers to shine light on what’s happening to Main Street.

Email us at for any inquiries or if you’d like access to more real-time or more granular data.

Homebase makes work easier for 100,000+ small (but mighty) businesses with everything they need to manage an hourly team: employee scheduling, time clocks, team communication, hiring, onboarding, and compliance. Don’t call us HR or Human Capital Management. We’re tools built for the busiest businesses, so owners and employees can spend less time on paperwork and more time on what matters.