These Are The U.S. States With The Highest Remote Work Rates

A new report by the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis found the U.S. states with the highest remote work rates.

The report, released this month, interprets data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey. It was conducted from January to October 2023.

The District of Columbia is leading the way in the post-pandemic work-from-home movement. Its share of remote workers who work at least one day from home is at 64%.

Washington, D.C. is followed by Maryland, Colorado, and Massachusetts, with 40%, 39%, and 38%, respectively.

This is the full top 10 list with the share of remote workers by state:

  1. District of Columbia 64%
  2. Maryland 40%
  3. Colorado 39%
  4. Massachusetts 38%
  5. Washington 37%
  6. Oregon 35%
  7. Minnesota; Virginia 34%
  8. Utah; Arizona; California 33%
  9. Vermont; New Hampshire; Connecticut 23%
  10. New York; Illinois 31% 

As the report notes, this trend started before the pandemic but really took off during it. Covid-19 sent millions of office workers home during lockdowns.

The Minneapolis Fed report says this has presented an ongoing problem for employers and senior managers.

The main problem? They “fundamentally believe that in-person interactions are very important for collaboration, and that’s what’s best for the business.”

Nonetheless, working from home continues to be popular among employees whose jobs do not require physical presence.


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