According to data revealed by the U.S. Census Bureau, Washington, D.C. can add to its list of distinguishing characteristics that it is America’s work-from-home capital. In the calendar year 2021, 48.3 percent of all employees in D.C. worked remotely.
The city of Seattle was a close second at 46.8 percent, followed by San Francisco at 45.6 percent, with Austin and Atlanta at 38.8 and 38.7 respectively in a close tie for fourth place.
Conversely, cities like Memphis, El Paso, Texas and Wichita, Kansas rounded out the bottom of the list with a large number of blue-collar employees who necessarily must be on site for their jobs.
As a whole, 18 percent of the U.S. workforce now works remotely.
(Source: U.S. Census)
“Work and commuting are central to American life, so the widespread adoption of working from home is a defining feature of the Covid-19 pandemic,” Census Bureau statistician Michael Burrows said in a statement on Thursday.
“With the number of people who primarily work from home tripling over just a two-year period, the pandemic has very strongly impacted the commuting landscape in the U.S.”
Prior to the COVID pandemic, Washington, D.C. was on par with the national average of remote workers at six to seven percent of the labor force in the period between 2017 – 2019. Washington, Maryland, Colorado and Massachusetts are also at the top of the current list, with each reporting around 24 percent of their respective workforces doing so from home in 2021.
Mississippi ranked the lowest at 3.1 percent prior to the pandemic and 6.3 percent since then.
(Source: U.S. Census)
William Frey, a demographer with the Brookings Institution, told The Washington Post the numbers tend to correlate to the level of higher education in each locale. Washington, D.C. and Seattle both rank among the cities with the highest population of college graduates at 63 and 68 percent, respectively.
“These are by and large magnets for younger, well-educated, computer-savvy adults often tied to the tech industry who are well positioned to work from home,” Frey told the Post.
The Pew Research Center conducted a survey earlier in the year and found that 65 percent of college graduates were more likely to claim their work can be done remotely.
(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Initially, the surge in remote work was commensurate with the amount of fear over contracting COVID, but as that has abated, large numbers of employees insist they can be just as productive at home, pandemic or not.
As BPR reported Wednesday, 1,316 New York Times employees have refused to return to work, perhaps under the guise of COVID fear, but effectively just performing a sit-out for a raise in pay. The panel of Fox News’s “The Five” hammered away at the hypocritical activism on Tuesday.
“You know for a thousand employees writing comments basically saying inflation is killing them,” co-host Dana Perino offered, “oh, well you know you could put that on the front page.”
“It must be hard for the New York Times to write about downplaying inflation now when their whole staff is rebelling over inflation,” Greg Gutfeld added.
Jesse Watters distilled it this way: “There’s two types of people in this world. There are the people that enjoyed the pandemic protocols and then there’s the rest of us that wanted to get back to normal. It just so happens that all the people that liked being locked down are in academia and in the media.”
The latest data from the Census Bureau stems from the 2021 American Community Survey which was released on Thursday.
The survey generally polls 3.5 million households and provides 11 billion estimates each year related to commuting times, internet access, family life, income, education levels, disabilities, military service and employment.
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