The number of remote workers decreased by 3% overall since last year, but they were more than twice as numerous in one location.
According to the United States Census American Community Survey, Seattle, Washington, had the greatest percentage of remote employees at 36%, with Washington, D.C. following closely behind at just over one-third.
The percentage of remote workers has decreased or remained the same in every state, except for Washington, D.C., which had more than 43% last year.
Boulder, Colorado, has the largest percentage of remote employees among metropolitan regions (32%), and its capital city wasn’t far behind.
More than 25% of Colorado’s employees as a whole work from home. The Seattle metro area and the Washington, D.C., metro area tied for second place when the percentage of remote workers was taken into account.
In 2019, Maryland, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Illinois all had fewer remote employees than the country as a whole (5.7%), but by 2022, those states had larger percentages than the 15% average.
Reshaping Work Habits
On the other hand, compared to last year, the numbers of distant employees in Idaho, Montana, South Dakota, and Iowa increased.
With 5.5%, Mississippi had the least number of remote workers. The southeast states that border it also report having fewer workers than usual. Work from home has cut down on commuting time.
In a working paper distributed Monday by the National Bureau of Economic Research, researchers estimated that workers had saved 55 minutes each day in the United States and an average of 72 minutes across the 27 countries surveyed.
In 2022, 15.2 percent of Americans worked remotely, a decrease from 17.9 percent the year before. Prior to the pandemic in 2019, only 5.7 percent of Americans and 6.3 percent of residents of the Washington metro region worked remotely.
According to Frey and other academics, the pandemic shutdown may have resulted in new, long-lasting ways of thinking about labor.
The American Community Survey indicated a plus or minus 0.1% margin of error.