24 percent of employed people did some or all of their work at home in 2015

July 08, 2016

On the days they worked in 2015, 24 percent of employed people did some or all of their work at home. The share of workers doing some or all of their work at home grew from 19 percent in 2003 to 24 percent in 2015. Workers in managerial and professional occupations were more likely than workers in other occupations to do some or all of their work at home.

 

 

Percent of workers doing some or all of their work on their main job at home, 2006–15 annual averages
Year Total Management, business, and financial operations occupations Professional and related occupations Service occupations Sales and related occupations Office and administrative support occupations Construction and extraction occupations Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations Production occupations Transportation and material moving occupations

2006

21.1% 32.3% 33.2% 12.1% 20.3% 8.2% 14.5% 10.9% 3.8% 6.1%

2007

19.9 32.3 30.6 11.3 20.7 7.8 10.6 7.3 4.0 6.0

2008

21.1 29.8 32.1 13.0 24.3 12.3 5.5 9.2 5.5 7.3

2009

23.6 35.5 38.3 13.7 21.7 9.0 11.4 12.0 5.2 6.6

2010

23.6 32.9 32.9 15.0 26.6 10.6 11.6 12.7 6.3 10.3

2011

21.3 34.2 33.5 9.5 20.0 12.8 10.1 11.3 5.2 5.2

2012

23.2 35.5 37.0 10.1 21.4 9.3 16.0 14.7 6.2 7.2

2013

22.9 35.1 34.8 11.0 21.4 11.1 17.0 14.8 7.9 6.2

2014

23.1 36.8 34.0 12.0 26.0 8.5 15.0 9.5 4.6 6.3

2015

24.1 37.8 34.6 10.5 22.1 11.2 16.2 9.6 5.5 7.7

On the days they worked in 2015, 38 percent of people in management, business, and financial operations and 35 percent of people in professional and related occupations did some or all of their work from home. Workers employed in other occupations were less likely to work from home on days they worked.

These data are from the American Time Use Survey. For more information, see "American Time Use Survey — 2015 Results" (HTML) (PDF). For 2011 and beyond, occupations reflect the introduction of the 2010 Census occupational classification system into the American Time Use Survey; occupational data for years before 2011 are not strictly comparable with more recent years. Additional data are available from the American Time Use Survey database.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, 24 percent of employed people did some or all of their work at home in 2015 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2016/24-percent-of-employed-people-did-some-or-all-of-their-work-at-home-in-2015.htm (visited January 17, 2017).

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