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Two weeks. Under 20 employees. How many businesses got paycheck protection program loans?


Between February 24 and March 9, 2021, only small businesses and non-profits with fewer than twenty employees could apply for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. The exclusive period was designed to give smaller businesses a better chance at securing a loan, since they often struggle more than larger businesses to collect the necessary paperwork required by banks. 

Our data shows more than 436,438 loans totaling $13.8 billion were approved during that two-week window. Check out the graph below to see how many were approved each day. For more data about PPP, head to our PPP Interactive dashboard

Note: Businesses that applied for loans in the two weeks but did not have their loans approved until after March 9, 2021 are not included in the data. 

Page last modified: 11/06/2023
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