New Data Shows Impact of COVID-19 on Families and Children

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey show how households with children are being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in near-real-time. Most data are broken out by households with children under 18. The survey targets a few key topics, such as food sufficiency, housing insecurity, employment loss, educational changes and health status.  

In New Jersey*:

  • Approximately 1.4 million households with children are using online learning to receive educational services,
  • An estimated 94,000 households with children reported often not having enough to eat in the last 7 days
  • And roughly 1.5 million households with children have lost a job since March 13, 2020.

Learn more about the Household Pulse Survey methodology.
Access the new data tables (updated weekly).
View the interactive data tool.

At ACNJ, our KIDS COUNT data project aims to provide policymakers with accurate reliable data to help inform decision-making. Unfortunately, many data sources have a lag time between collection and publication. This means that in a fast-moving crisis like COVID-19, policymakers may be flying blind, without reliable data.

Thankfully, the new Household Pulse Survey is surveying tens of thousands of respondents nationally on how they’re doing, including state-level data for New Jersey and metropolitan area data for both Philadelphia and New York City, acting as a guide during the pandemic. 

ACNJ will use this information to produce new data products looking at New Jersey’s landscape for children and families as our state’s emergency orders evolve. Check our COVID-19 page for regular updates.

*Based on Household Pulse Survey, Detail Tables for Week 3: May 14-May 19.

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