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Census: Remote work doubled during pandemic

The Census Bureau reported Tuesday that fully remote work more than doubled early in the COVID-19 pandemic, delaying the return of workers deemed “non-essential” to the workplace. , continued to rise in 2021.

a survey of the agency’s income and participation in the program; measurement A survey of the U.S. economy found that work from home surged from 11% of all occupations in 2019 to 23% in 2020, before dropping to 21% in 2021.

Over the same period, the proportion of onsite-only jobs fell from 84% in 2019 to 74% in 2021, the first full year of the pandemic.

Hybrid jobs that require a combination of remote and in-person work will grow from 4% in 2020 to 6% in 2021, according to the Census. That percentage was 5% in 2019, but dropped slightly in 2020 as pandemic lockdowns kept non-essential workers at home.

Census researchers Clayton Gumber and Michael Burroughs said, “From 2019 to 2021, a significant proportion of on-site work (compared to mixed or full-time work from home) will be considered essential. ‘, he said in a summary. “By 2021, about 75% of field jobs will be classified as essential, compared to about 60% of hybrid jobs and 61% of full-time jobs.”

Hybrid workers were most likely to work from home on Fridays or Mondays, according to the report. As well as fully remote employees, they were also the employees most likely to have regular schedules.

From 2019 to 2021, the share of predictable, fixed-schedule hybrid jobs increased from 81% to 84%. The proportion offering similar full-remote jobs rose from 66% in 2019 to 77% in 2021.

Over the same period, the percentage of full onsite jobs with predictable routines decreased slightly from 73% to 71%.

Andrew Kraptchets, CEO of Idaho-based recruitment firm Red Balloon, said the numbers show that the COVID-19 lockdown has destroyed “team culture and workplace synergies.” “It was a total failure,” he said.

“No amount of remote work can replace these,” said Krapcets, who wasn’t involved in the Census report. “Good companies inherently understand these truths.”

He noted that many remote workers moved to states with lower taxes and cost of living during the pandemic, putting pressure on employers to continue offering work-from-home jobs.

“Overall, we’re seeing more employer interest in workplace vacancies, and more job seekers interest in remote work vacancies,” Krapcets added. “This tug of war is probably
This will continue as America recovers from the side effects of its pandemic policies. ”

The percentage of full field workers in the finance and insurance, real estate, rental and leasing industries fell from 67% in 2019 to 43% in 2021, according to the Census report.

Over the same period, the proportion of field administrative positions decreased from 86% to 67%.

Full onsite computer and mathematics jobs declined from 60% of the majority in 2019 to a 32% minority in 2020 and 30% in 2021.

Moving jobs were the only major industry that did not go remote, with 97% of jobs on-site in 2019 and 96% on-site in 2021. This included stockers and order fillers, packers and packers, and industrial truck and tractor operators.

Many Americans quit those jobs early in the pandemic, looking for remote work or becoming independent contractors, said Sam Cain, a real estate agent and finance professor at Walsh University in Michigan. He pointed to federal data showing the labor force participation rate plummeted in 2020 and has yet to recover to 2019 levels.

“Part of the ‘growth’ share of the work-from-home sector is due to a decline in domestic manufacturing jobs,” said Kain.

For more information, visit The Washington Times COVID-19 Resources page. Census: Remote work doubled during pandemic

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