Nationwide, COVID-19 deaths are headed beyond the “success” rate of 100,000, and riots are spreading each night in urban areas around America.
Yet, thankfully, many local households seem to be doing alright during the COVID-19 crisis. The quarantine — which has left many unemployed and more facing financial difficulties — has left most households kinda-sorta unscathed. “Could be worse,” is what many say. Yet these are (mostly) private matters so it is difficult to say, for certain.
This is why the U.S. Census Bureau — aside from the actual census which you need to go fill out right now — started a new survey, the Household Pulse Survey. The goal is to grasp how the pandemic is changing things in homes across America.
The Census Bureau has broken down the data they’ve gathered state-by-state. Each circle represents the percentage of households impacted by these criteria:
- Loss In Income is the percentage of adults who had someone in the household lose employment income since March 13, 2020;
- Expected Loss In Income is the percentage who expect someone in the household will lose income in the next four weeks;
- Not Enough Food is the percentage of households who didn’t have enough to eat in the past seven days;
- Delayed Medical Care is the percentage of households who delayed their medical care because of the pandemic;
- Housing Insecurity is the percentage of those who missed last month’s rent or mortgage payment or think they will next month;
- K-12 Educational Changes is the percentage of those with kids who shifted to a distance learning format or some other change.
So, economically, across Utah:
- Loss in Income: 44% of Utah households.
- Expected Loss in Income: 29% of Utah households.
- Not Enough Food: 11% of Utah households.
- Delayed Medical Care: 35% of Utah households.
- Housing Insecurity: 15% of Utah households.
- K-12 Educational Changes: 100% of Utah households.
While we remain “guardedly optimistic,” speaking economically, at least, we may not be doing as well as it appears we are.