No Commute? Americans Who Work at Home

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Written by: Peter Mateyka

Have you noticed more of your colleagues, friends, and family have been working from home? Well, a Census Bureau report released last week titled “Home-Based Workers in the U.S: 2010” has found an upward trend in home-based work rates.

During a typical week in 2010, 13.4 million people worked at least one full workday at home. From 1997 to 2010, the number of people who worked at least one day a week at home increased by about 4.2 million, or from 7.0 percent of all employed people to 9.5 percent.

Home Based Workers, 1997 to 2010

The report uses the strengths of two surveys that estimate home-based workers, the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) and the American Community Survey (ACS), to study trends in home-based work over the last decade. According to both surveys, a growing number of Americans are working at least some of the workweek at home. Yet, each survey provides unique information about the characteristics of these workers. Home-based workers are most likely to work from home on Mondays and Fridays.  On average, they are older, more highly educated, more likely to be self-employed.

For more information, please visit the news release and report.

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One Response to No Commute? Americans Who Work at Home

  1. Michele Rose says:

    I am on disability and not able to go out and about everyday and would love to have an added income how do I go about applying for legitimate home base jobs

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