The remote workforce increased from 6% in 2019 to just below 18% in 2021
In 2019, Americans spent an average of 55.2 minutes per day on a round-trip commute
In 2021, the same commute time dropped to 51.2 minutes per day
Breaking it down regionally, the Western U.S. experienced the greatest reduction in commute times. For example, average commute times in San Jose, CA decreased from 31.7 minutes in 2019 to 24.4 minutes in 2021, while the number of remote workers grew from 4% in 2019 to nearly 30% just two years later.
Larger cities reported the following commute time decreases between 2019 and 2021:
San Francisco, 5.5 minutes
Chicago, 3.4 minutes
Washington, D.C., 3.4 minutes
Los Angeles, 3.2 minutes
Boston, MA: 2.6 minutes
New York, 1.9 minutes
The study listed other potential WFH or remote work benefits, including increasing the talent pool, broadening employment opportunities and a wider adoption of workplace technology. Additionally, “a flexible, remote-friendly work environment is in high demand with younger generations,” the study added.
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