A year after the first stay-at-home orders began, the economy is recovering and unemployment is bouncing back, but telecommuting is still the norm. Overall, a new study by CommercialCafe showed that one-third of all Americans older than 18 worked from home during the pandemic — a 916% increase compared to 2019.
Using experimental data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s weekly Household Pulse Survey, the commercial real estate blog looked at how many Americans were working from home in 2020 compared to 2019. They were able to determine which states and metros had the largest share of their populations move their work online. They also looked at how different demographics adapted to the new work-from-home norm.
New Jersey was the state with the third-largest percentage growth in remote workers in the country. 2.9 million workers telecommuted in 2020 — an increase of 1,253% compared to the 217,000 telecommuters in 2019. This represented 43% of adult residents working from home in the last year in New Jersey, surpassing the national average of 37%.
Overall, 91 million or one-third of all Americans older than 18 worked from home during the pandemic — a 916% increase compared to 2019.
The largest demographic group to telecommute during the pandemic were people with a bachelor’s degree or higher, as 61% of them said they worked from home in 2020.