In many of the hardest-hit states, COVID-19 small business relief is lagging

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By Sifan Liu, Joseph Parilla

For the past two months, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the U.S. into lockdown. Now, the nation’s small businesses, most of which relied on foot traffic to generate revenue, are facing unprecedented challenges.

For policymakers, understanding what is happening in real time is more important than ever. Yet tracking small business revenue at the state level is usually not possible, due to multiyear lags in official statistics. In this piece, we tackle that gap by using data from Opportunity Insights’ Economic Tracker, which aggregates real-time data held by private companies, offering a unique opportunity to

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