Number of Telecommuters More Than Doubled In a Decade

Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Jun 22, 2017

Over the past ten years, the number of people who work from home at least half the time has more than doubled, growing 115 percent. Such people now make up about 3 percent of the workforce nationwide, according to CNN Money. The federal government is the biggest employer of remote workers, with 3.1 percent of its total staff working outside the office, but telecommuting is growing in virtually every industry, with the number of remote job listings growing more than 20 percent last year, according to CNN. The biggest growth, though, has been in the mortgage and real estate industry, human resources and recruiting, and accounting and finance, particularly for employers in the Northeast, especially the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions.

This growth can be attributed to greater access to technology allowing for remote work, as well as by businesses increasingly looking to save money. As an example, web development company WordPress closed its San Francisco offices earlier this month because so many people worked from home that it made little sense to maintain a physical building. Of the 550 people working for the company, there's usually just about five people at the 15,000 square foot physical office at any given time. 

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