Are you one of the many boomers who are working from home?
National Work from Home Week
Interesting statistics from the census bureau.
Working at Home is on the Rise
Advanced in communication and information technologies have allowed for a more mobile workforce.
This is reflected in a growing number of people working from home. Census Bureau surveys tell us who’s
working at home.
In 2010, 13.4 million people worked at least one day at home per week – an increase of over 4 million
people (35 percent) in the last decade.
9.2 million out of 132 million workers
13.4 million out of 142 million workers
Source: Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP)
4.2 million increase in home-based workers between 1997 and 2010
Home-based workers are:
More likely in the private sector
Of home-based workers, 39.4 percent were private company workers in 1980 compared to 59.5 percent
in 2010. Home-based workers were the least likely to be government employees in both 1980 (4.2
percent) and 2010 (5.6 percent).
Source: 1980, 1990, and 2000 Decennial Census and 2010 American Community Survey (ACS)
More likely to be in management and business
The responsibilities and tasks associated with management and business translate well to home-based
1 in 4
Number of home-based workers employed in management, business, and financial occupations
Source: 2010 ACS
Growing quickly in computer, engineering, and science occupations
Home-based work in computer, engineering, and science occupations increased 69 percent from
252,000 workers in 2000 to 432,000 workers in 2010.
Source: 2010 ACS and 2000 Decennial Census
Home-based worker: a personal who works exclusively or part of the time from home
home worker: a person who works exclusively from home
mixed worker: a person who works at both home and at the job site
Home Worker + Mixed Worker = Home-based worker
More likely to be working from home on Monday or Friday
Thursday is the least likely day to work from home
Monday 38 %
Tuesday 33 %
Wednesday 33 %
Thursday 29 %
Friday 38 %
More Likely to live in the West
Businesses in the West are more likely to allow working from home.
Western states include: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New
Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming
Source: 2010 American Community Survey
Boulder, CO highest percent of home-based workers in the U.S. at 10.9%
Just when we thought we knew everything and owned the world by demographics, someone came along and said it ain’t so.
Did you hear? Millennials will overtake Baby Boomers in Population this Year
The folks at Pew Research say that Baby Boomers, what we always thought to be the largest generation, peaked at 78.8 million in 1999.
Pew says that last year there were (a projected 75.4) million Boomers. By midcentury, the Boomer population will dwindle to 16.6 million.
As far as a ‘living generation goes”
Pew says that in this year, the “Millennial” generation is projected to surpass us Baby Boomers as the nation’s largest living generation. This is according to the population projections released by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Millennials are defined as being between ages 18 to 34 in 2015. Boomers are now ages 51 to 69.
Census data says that there are a projected 75.3 million Millennial’s this year. This year Millenial’s are surpassing the 74.9 million Gen Xer’s (ages 35 to 50). Millenial’s are projected to outnumber us Boomers by 2028.
So what is growing the Millenial Generation?
The Millennial generation is growing thanks to young immigrants. Boomer numbers are shrinking as we move on from life at a pace faster than the immigration numbers of boomers.
The Millennial population is projected to peak in 2036 at 81.1 million. By 2050 there will be a projected 79.2 million Millennials.
Once upon a time, namely when we were growing up, a ‘traditional family’ consisted of two parents and 2.2 kids.
Sometimes, there was a grandparent thrown in the mix of that traditional family.
Well things have changed since then, according to the folks at PEW research.
So what exactly is a ‘Traditional Family’?
Pew says that less than 50% of all families are traditional.
That is, Pew says that less than half (46%) of U.S. kids (younger than 18) of age are living in a home with two married heterosexual parents in their first marriage. Pew says that this is a marked change from 1960, when 73% of children fit this description, and 1980, when 61% did, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of recently-released American Community Survey (ACS) and Decennial Census data.
What’s going on?
Well for starters, we are getting married and divorced or not even married in the first place.
We are delaying marriage. We are foregoing the institution altogether. Pew says that the share of children born outside of marriage now stands at 41%, up from just 5% in 1960.