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Real-time data on COVID-19 impacts

The state of hourly work at US small businesses | City Comparison Tool

The spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) is having a devastating impact on small businesses and hourly workers. At Homebase, we are in a unique position to see this happen in real-time. In the interest of transparency, we’re sharing our data publicly here, so that governments and communities can understand and support the people who are most impacted. We’ve also created guides and resources to help small businesses navigate the crisis.

The data on this site is delayed 4 weeks. If you are interested in access to real-time data feeds, please reach out to us at data@joinhomebase.com.

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.


This data is delayed 4 weeks. If you’re interested in real-time data email us at data@joinhomebase.com.

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.