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No Commute? Americans Who Work at Home

Posted By jennifer On October 9, 2012 @ 9:14 pm In Economy | 1 Comment

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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 [2]” 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 [3]

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 [4] and report [2].


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[2] Home-Based Workers in the U.S: 2010: http://www.census.gov/prod/2012pubs/p70-132.pdf

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[4] news release: http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/employment_occupations/cb12-188.html

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