2017 State of Telecommuting in the US

Forty percent more U.S. employers offered flexible workplace options than they did five years ago. Regular telecommuting grew 140% in the past decade, more than 10 times faster than the rest of the workforce.

We know that because every year, the U.S. Census Bureau conducts the America Community Survey (ACS) which asks members of 3.5 million households questions about where they work. Unfortunately, Census only releases a few basic findings in a media-friendly format, but the rest of the details are buried in databases that we download and analyze using our Telework Savings Calculator.

Our latest analysis, based on the latest available data, are contained in the report below which we released jointly with FlexJobs who underwrote our research. This and other reports can be downloaded from our white papers page. Please sign in below or create an account to see the reports.

To be clear, this report focuses solely on full-time employees who replied “worked at home” to the survey question: “What was your primary means of transportation to work during the survey week?” This report does not include the self-employed, employees who split their day between an office and home, those who work extra hours at home, or those who work at home less than half the time.

Keep in mind that the entire work-at-home population is 10 to 15 times larger than just full-time employees who work at home half-time or more, the focus of the report.

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