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Employees teleworked at least some of the time at 27.5 percent of private establishments in 2022

April 19, 2023

In July–September 2021, 40.1 percent of private-sector establishments had employees teleworking some or all of the time. A year later, in August–September 2022, that number had decreased to 27.5 percent.

Percent distribution of private-sector establishments by telework arrangement and industry, July–September 2021, and August–September 2022
Industry          Period          Establishments with
all employees teleworking all the time
Establishments with
employees teleworking some of the time
Establishments with
all employees teleworking rarely or never

Total U.S. private sector

Jul–Sept, 2021 10.3 29.8 60.1
Aug–Sept, 2022 11.1 16.4 72.5

Natural resources and mining

Jul–Sept, 2021 1.6 13.9 84.8
Aug–Sept, 2022 2.1 5.9 92.1

Utilities

Jul–Sept, 2021 7.8 32.5 60.2
Aug–Sept, 2022 8.0 21.0 71.1

Construction

Jul–Sept, 2021 2.1 18.4 79.7
Aug–Sept, 2022 2.1 8.4 89.6

Manufacturing

Jul–Sept, 2021 3.6 30.6 65.8
Aug–Sept, 2022 5.8 18.3 75.9

Wholesale trade

Jul–Sept, 2021 15.6 41.9 42.6
Aug–Sept, 2022 17.2 21.8 61.0

Retail trade

Jul–Sept, 2021 2.9 14.4 82.8
Aug–Sept, 2022 2.1 8.9 89.0

Transportation and warehousing

Jul–Sept, 2021 5.3 23.4 71.6
Aug–Sept, 2022 4.4 9.2 86.3

Information

Jul–Sept, 2021 37.4 42.8 19.7
Aug–Sept, 2022 42.2 25.2 32.6

Financial activities

Jul–Sept, 2021 9.7 44.9 45.7
Aug–Sept, 2022 11.2 22.0 66.8

Professional and business services

Jul–Sept, 2021 23.2 42.4 34.5
Aug–Sept, 2022 25.0 24.0 51.0

Educational services

Jul–Sept, 2021 23.1 45.0 32.1
Aug–Sept, 2022 19.7 26.3 54.0

Health care and social assistance

Jul–Sept, 2021 3.8 34.2 62.1
Aug–Sept, 2022 4.4 18.5 77.1

Arts, entertainment, and recreation

Jul–Sept, 2021 12.6 26.0 61.5
Aug–Sept, 2022 7.9 15.2 77.0

Accommodation and food services

Jul–Sept, 2021 1.1 4.3 94.7
Aug–Sept, 2022 0.3 1.8 97.9

Other services, except public administration

Jul–Sept, 2021 6.0 19.9 74.3
Aug–Sept, 2022 6.6 13.7 79.7

All industries showed a decrease in the percentage of establishments with employees teleworking some or all of the time. The industry with the largest decrease in the percentage of establishments with employees teleworking some or all of the time was educational services, which went from 68.1 percent in 2021, to 46.0 percent in 2022. The industry with the smallest decrease in establishments with employees teleworking some or all of the time was accommodation and food services, which went from 5.4 percent in 2021, to 2.1 percent in 2022.

In July-September 2021, 10.3 percent of private-sector establishments had all their employees teleworking all the time. A year later, in August-September 2022, that figure had risen slightly to 11.1 percent. In information, the percentage of establishments with employees teleworking all the time increased from 37.4 percent in 2021 to 42.2 percent in 2022, the largest increase over this period. In arts, entertainment, and recreation, the percentage of establishments with all-employee telework decreased from 12.6 percent in 2021, to 7.9 percent in 2022, the largest decrease.

These data are from the Business Response Survey. For more information, see "Telework, Hiring, and Vacancies — 2022 Data From The Business Response Survey" and more charts and tables on telework, hiring, and vacancies. An establishment is an economic unit that produces goods or provides services, usually at a single physical location, and that is engaged in one or predominantly one type of economic activity, for example, a factory, a mine, a store, or an office.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Employees teleworked at least some of the time at 27.5 percent of private establishments in 2022 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2023/employees-teleworked-at-least-some-of-the-time-at-27-5-percent-of-private-establishments-in-2022.htm (visited April 13, 2024).

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