In spring 2020, DSA fielded a COVID-19 impact and economic outlook survey to help inform policy and advocacy efforts. The spring survey was administered through Survey Monkey from May 13–22 and received 323 responses from at least 294 unique businesses. This was followed up with a second wave of surveying between Aug. 28–Oct. 2, receiving 198 responses from at least 179 unique businesses.
Respondents represent a broad cross-section of both large and small Seattle businesses, most with downtown locations. Many represent industries highly impacted by efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19, such as arts and entertainment, retail, restaurants, tourist attractions, nonprofits and hotels.
Explore the findings of the second wave in the summary and charts below or click the button to read a more detailed description of the findings. You can also find economic recovery statistics here.
Read the Summary (PDF)
We also partnered with Commute Seattle on a Return to Work survey in May 2021 asking employers about their plans, how employees will travel to work, perspectives on reopening and expectations for the coming months. Most (82%) of survey respondents said they envision a work culture that includes some time spent working in the office with 57% saying they envision a flexible hybrid work culture. The most commonly cited barriers to bringing employees back to work sites were COVID-19 safety and logistics and employee willingness to return (most commonly due to the commute). For more information on this survey, visit Commute Seattle’s website.