After the pandemic, many businesses decided to stay in the remote space. At-home workers in the United States have tripled from 5.7% in 2019 to 17.9% in 2021.
This shows an increase of 19 million workers according to American Community Survey (ACS) 1-year data.
The data shows women made up the majority of home-based workers in 2019. In 4 out of 5 occupation groups, women made up the largest share of home-based workers.
ACS data also found a strong connection between specific occupations and the percentage of workers who worked from home.
In 2019, a relatively small percentage worked from home in every occupation group. The highest share was in management, business, science, and arts occupations like insurance underwriters, mental health counselors, and marketing managers.
The percentage of home-based workers rose for each occupation in 2021, but the biggest share of home-based workers was still in management, business, science, and arts occupations.
In 2021, women made up the majority of U.S. workers in:
- Management, business, science and arts occupations (52.2%)
- Service occupations (56.7%)
- Sales and office occupations (62.2%)
While both men and women worked from home at a significantly higher rate in 2021, the shift to remote work was particularly noticeable among women.