A new report from the National Bureau of Economic Research has found that working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic won't be an option for two-thirds of American workers.
According to the report, conducted on behalf of NBER by Jonathan I. Dingel and Brent Neiman of the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business, just 37 percent of American workers will be able to telecommute.
According to Dingel and Neiman, the study provides 'an important input to predicting the economy's performance during this or subsequent periods of social distancing.'
Just 37 percent of all US jobs will be able to transition to work-from-home conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report from the National Bureau of Economic Research
The report is also meant to help identify which industries will be hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic and could be targeted for social insurance payments and other forms of governmental support.
The team looked at answers from a national employment survey which asked Americans to describe the types of activities their jobs entailed on a daily basis.
This information was then compared with data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics about different US industrial sectors, and then analyzed to produce the final breakdown.
The team says its numbers almost certainly overstate how many American jobs can be done from home because they tried to apply to the most liberal interpretation of job descriptions from the survey and BLS statistics.
They found a strong association between the ability to work from home and high wage positions, with the 37 percent of US jobs that can plausibly be done from home accounting for more than 46 percent of all US wages.
Education services was the sector with the highest percentage of jobs that could be done remotely, with 83 percent able to be done from home.
Two of the top five most friendly cities in the US for telecommuters were in the Bay Area in California, spanning San Jose, San Francisco, Oakland, and other outlying exurbs. The region with the least amount of telecommuter-ready jobs was Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Florida
Other industries that were most amenable to working from home included finance and