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July 24, 2023

BLS data finds slight decrease in working from home

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A recent survey from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that the majority of employees (69%) are doing “some or all” of their work at their workplace, while 34% of workers are continuing to perform at least some of their work functions from home.

The survey showed that people who worked from home averaged fewer hours per day (5.4) compared to those who worked at their workplace (7.9).

The survey also found that the percentage of people working from home decreased slightly from 38% in 2021, during the COVID-19 pandemic, to 34% in 2022.

However, workers remained more likely to work at home in 2022 than in 2019, before the pandemic (34% vs. 24%).

Workers with higher levels of education were more likely to work at home than those with less education.

The survey also found that men tend to work longer hours than women, partly due to women’s greater likelihood of working part time.

Among full-time workers, men worked 8.3 hours per day, compared with 7.8 hours for women.

Women were also more likely to work from home, with 41% working from home on days they worked, compared to 28% for men.

There were also disparities in terms of the division of labor at home.

A higher percentage of women (85%) spent time doing household activities, such as housework and cooking, according to BLS data. On the days they did household activities, women spent an average of 2.7 hours on such activities, while men spent 2.2 hours.

On an average day, 22% of men did housework compared to 47% of women.

The survey also found that most workers (95%) engaged in leisure activities or sports. Men spent more time in these activities than women (5.6 hours vs. 4.8 hours).

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