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%