Fewer than 26% of U.S. households still have someone working remotely at least one day a week, a sharp decline from the early-2021 peak of 37%, according to the two latest Household Pulse Surveys from the U.S. Census Bureau. Only seven states plus Washington, DC, have a remote-work rate above 33%, the data shows, down from 31 states and DC mid-pandemic.
The reversal reflects the continued push by many employers to get staff to return to offices.
All 50 states have seen work-from-home rates drop from their pandemic highs, data shows. Unevenness in the rates of decline suggest the trend doesn't have one explanation, and is instead the result of a hodgepodge of migration, socio-economic, gender and race factors, and possibly even politics.
The latest Census data also underlines that employees' demand for remote jobs is outpacing the number of companies offering them. In 157 of the largest metro areas in the U.S., more than half of job applications were for fully remote or hybrid roles in August, but postings for those jobs have been falling since early 2022, data shows.
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