Report Details Devastating Impact COVID-19 Lockdowns Had on Small Businesses


Nearly 40 percent of small businesses have closed since the first COVID-19 case in the United States, a recent report found.

Across the nation, 39 percent of all small businesses that were open in January 2020 had closed as of June 2, according to the most recent metrics published by Opportunity Insights.

The data show the professional and business services industry dealt with a 25 percent decrease in small businesses compared with January 2020.

Thirty-three percent of small businesses in the education and health services industry had to shut their doors. The retail and transportation industry lost 34 percent of small businesses.

The leisure and hospitality industry data showed the most substantial difference, with a decrease of 52.4 percent.

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“Some of those closures are surely temporary,” Jeff Michael, executive director of the Center for Business and Policy Research at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, said in an email to PolitiFact.

“But I don’t think that takes away from the factual accuracy that small businesses have been disproportionately hit.”

The data put together by Womply, a small-business marketing service, analyzed credit and debit card transactions.

Womply considered a business closed if there were no transactions for three consecutive days beginning on March 1.

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Womply also identified a company as closed if it did all of its transactions through third-party apps, such as DoorDash.

More than 30 million small businesses operate in the United States and employ more than 50 million people.

The Small Business Administration defines a small business as having no more than 1,500 employees and less than $38.5 million in average annual revenue.

President Joe Biden’s most recent tax proposal in May included a tax deduction that allows owners of pass-through entities, which are often small businesses, to deduct 20 percent of their share of their income from their tax filing.

The Job Creators Network, a national small business advocacy group, created a billboard in New York City criticizing Biden, who reportedly considered removing the tax deduction in March.

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Biden also considered increasing the tax rate for pass-through entities.

The billboard said about the potential tax hike “WTF?!” and “HELL NO!”

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