The American Community Survey (ACS) has released a report titled “Home-Based Workers and the COVID-19 Pandemic,” which examines the impact of the pandemic on workers who primarily work from home. The report highlights how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the working conditions of home-based workers, including changes in employment status, work hours, and job security.
According to the report, the percentage of U.S. workers who worked from home increased from 5.7 percent of workers in 2019 (roughly 9 million workers) to 17.9 percent in 2021 (about 27.6 million workers). The report shows that the pandemic has had a significant impact on home-based workers, with many employees experiencing job losses or reduced working hours.
The report reveals that women are more likely than men to work from home, and this trend has increased during the pandemic. Additionally, the report finds that home-based workers are more likely to have a higher level of education, be married or living with a partner, and have higher household incomes than non-home-based workers.
Overall, the report provides valuable insights into the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on home-based workers, highlighting both the opportunities and challenges of working from home. The findings of the report can help policymakers and employers to better understand the needs and challenges of home-based workers and provide appropriate support to this group of workers.