New data shows the share of people working from home due to Covid-19 has fallen below 10% for the first time in more than two years.
According to a Bureau of Labor Statistics survey released this month, only 7.7% of employed people said they work remotely. This is down from the pandemic peak of 35% recorded in May 2020. This figure does not include remote work for reasons unrelated to the pandemic, and includes people who worked remotely for pay at any time. time during the four weeks preceding the survey. .
Those who continue to work remotely are still largely divided by education. People with a bachelor’s degree or higher are five times more likely to report working from home than those without, and are twice as likely to report working remotely as the average American.
The type of job is one of the main factors determining whether someone will be able to telecommute, a BLS spokesperson told NBC News in an email. People working in white-collar occupations were more likely to work remotely, which was perhaps the driving factor for differences by age, race and ethnicity.
Asians were the most likely of all demographics to report working from home due to the pandemic, with nearly 20% working remotely. Less than five percent of Latinos said the same.
More women than men report working remotely for pandemic reasons, although the difference between the two groups has narrowed from 10 percentage points in May 2020 to 1 percentage point.
Among age groups, 25 to 34 year olds were the most likely to work remotely.
The survey, conducted in April, came as Covid cases rose again, deaths fell and hospitalizations fell to a record low.
The pandemic was in a much different place when the survey began asking the question of remote working in May 2020. That was before the vaccine and variants, when deaths averaged 1,400 a day, hospitalizations on average 51,000 beds used for Covid patients and cases on average 24,000 new cases per day.
In April, deaths averaged 400 a day, hospitalizations 15,000 and cases 41,000.