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Los Angeles, Chicago and Seattle have seen the best recovery in office space demand since the pandemic began

Office Space Demand Now at Half of Pre-COVID Levels 

Demand for office space closed out the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic down 47.1% from February 2020, the last month prior to the declaration of the pandemic, VTS said Wednesday. That’s in spite of favorable fits and starts that once had the VTS Office Demand Index at 87% of normal in Summer 2021 after bottoming out at 16% of normal.  

“February is typically the first month of the year when demand for office space picks up in earnest, but February 2022 was anything but typical,” said VTS CEO Nick Romito. “We believe that between recent record-breaking COVID-19 infection rates and general economic uncertainty, the typical seasonal rise in demand may be delayed. That said, even with a delay, it is possible that the downward pressure of hybrid work patterns will mute any demand spikes.” 

Los Angeles, Chicago and Seattle have seen the best pandemic recovery thus far, VTS reported. 

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