Bay Watch: Bay Area Remote Work Levels Dropping, Still Highest in the Country

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Bay Area workers are showing signs of leaving the virtual world behind and returning to offices and workplaces in person. According to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 25% of Bay Area workers (aged 16+) primarily worked from home in 2022, an 8-percentage point decrease from a record high of 33% in 2021. Still, the number of workers who primarily worked from home in 2022 remained high compared to California overall (17%) and the nation (15%). The Bay Area’s high level of remote workers isn’t a big surprise given our higher percentage of tech jobs. Indeed, 9 of the top 10 cities in California with the largest remote work shares were in the Bay Area. Click the link below for a listing of remote work share by city.

The numbers indicate that remote work is here to stay for a large chunk of Bay Area workers, a major shift in a region where less than 10% of people primarily worked from home pre-pandemic. The data also corroborate the Bay Area Council’s Return to Office survey , a survey of employers across the region administered bi-monthly since April 2021. Each survey asks employers what percentage of their workforce they predict will be fully remote post pandemic, and for 15 months in a row, the results have hovered around 25%, closely matching new data from the Census. Meanwhile, public transit ridership continues to lag behind: only 5.5% of workers commute by transit as their primary form of transportation, up a meager 2 percentage points since 2021, and down 8 percentage points since 2019.

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