The survey shows that 38.8% of U.S. small business respondents reported domestic supplier delays in the most recent and final week (7/12-7/18) of the SBPS’s Phase 5.
Impact of Supply Chain Delays
The survey also measures how hard it was for small businesses to find alternative domestic suppliers: 18.9% reported difficulty at the end of Phase 5 and 13.0% at the end of Phase 4.
Finding alternative foreign suppliers was an issue for 7.2% of respondents at the end of Phase 5, compared with 4.7% at the end of Phase 4.
The share of small business respondents reporting production delays also rose, from 9.5% at the end of Phase 4 to 12.4% at the end of Phase 5.
The SBPS also asks whether the availability of other supplies or inputs used to provide goods or services affected operating capacity. Here, too, the percentage who said “yes” went up, from 10.9% at the end of Phase 4 to 15.0% at the end of Phase 5.
Article Courtesy of the US Census Bureau