Different cities, and industries within those cities, have felt the economic impacts of COVID-19 at varying levels. The city comparison tool allows you to compare specific cities and industries across the three key measures.
For example, you can see the different impacts in New York and San Francisco. San Francisco had more businesses closed in March, but stabilized at a lower closure rate than New York.
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This 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.
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