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Press coverage

  • Homebase raises $71M for a team management platform aimed at SMBs and their hourly workers

    The company now has some 100,000 small businesses, with 1 million employees in total, on its platform.

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  • Jobs report blows past expectations in March

    Data from Homebase shows employees working and hours worked both gained sharply over the past month.

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  • How COVID-19 made high-frequency data a go-to economic indicator

    One previously untapped source of high-frequency data that’s gone into widespread use during the pandemic is data from a company called Homebase.

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  • Homebase wins Inc. Magazine Best in Business 2020 Award

    Homebase won a 2020 Inc. Magazine Best In Business Gold Medal award for our support of small businesses and workers during the pandemic.

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  • Tracking America's recovery

    This dashboard of 17 charts shows how the economy continues to change as we grapple with life during the pandemic.

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  • How a small-business software company became one of the most accurate forecasters of the pandemic recession

    In March, as the coronavirus pandemic hit and led to sweeping shelter-in-place orders across the US, Homebase made a discovery.

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  • Generous unemployment benefits are not keeping Americans from work

    Economists have analyzed the effects of boosts to unemployment benefits.

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  • Businesses remain cautious despite promising new economic data

    Wall Street wants to see evidence of a pickup in economic activity to better gauge the pace of the recovery.

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  • Signs of a V-Shaped Early-Stage Economic Recovery Emerge

    After bottoming out in April, economic activity has continued to rise into early June.

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  • Data trackers show U.S. retail traffic edging up

    Traffic to U.S. retail stores ticked up last week and hours worked at a sample of small businesses increased as the country’s patchwork reopening continued.

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  • As Job Losses Mount, Lawmakers Face a Make-or-Break Moment

    The United States just lost 20 million jobs. The wrong federal response could make those layoffs a permanent fixture of the U.S. economy and sentence thousands of companies to bankruptcy.

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  • This Is Not a Recession. It’s an Ice Age.

    No one alive has experienced an economic plunge this sudden.

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Academic partnerships

  • Opportunity Insights Economic Tracker

    Track the economic impacts of COVID-19 on people, businesses, and communities across the United States in real time.

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  • Study shows pandemic’s impact on hours worked in U.S. small businesses

    A new study by Yale economists details the drastic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on U.S. small businesses and the hourly workers they employ.

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  • Penn Wharton Budget Model COVID-19 Tracker

    The Penn Wharton Budget Model COVID-19 Tracker provides daily, real-time estimates of economic activity and of the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic at the state level.

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  • Labor Market Impacts of COVID-19 on Businesses

    Analysis of the labor market impacts of COVID-19 on small- and medium-sized businesses using Homebase time-card records.

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  • Labor Market Impacts of COVID-19 on Hourly Workers in Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses

    Four Facts from Homebase Data

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Economic and policy partnerships

  • Many Small Businesses in the Services Sector Are Unlikely to Reopen

    Small businesses were particularly affected by the pandemic. The Fed examines the state of these firms using microdata from Homebase.

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  • Monetary Policy Report to Congress

    Recent Economic and Financial Developments of the Monetary Policy Report submitted to the Congress on June 12, 2020, pursuant to section 2B of the Federal Reserve Act.

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  • James Bullard on the Fed’s policy review, FSOC and forecasting jobs data

    St Louis Fed president discusses his concerns as well as the unexpected success in using Homebase data to predict highly volatile US job numbers.

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  • Reading the Labor Market in Real Time

    The coronavirus pandemic has shaken labor markets, leading to unprecedented job losses in March and April.

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  • The Effects of Expiring Stay-at-Home Orders and the Shape of the Recovery

    Does the expiration of state stay-at-home orders — issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic — facilitate economic recovery in a substantial way?

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  • Dallas Fed Mobility and Engagement Index Gives Insight into COVID-19’s Economic Impact

    Forecasts of output and employment are crucial for assessing appropriate monetary, fiscal and health policy responses.

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  • Recessions and Revenues: Perspective on the Downturn

    Public health measures implemented to contain the spread of COVID-19 have caused a sharp contraction in economic activity. Today, we’re in the initial stages of a recession.

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In addition to working with press, academics, and policy makers, we make our data and insights available to anyone with an interest in supporting small businesses.

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