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About a quarter (26 percent) of workers in New Jersey believe they will never return to the office even after the health crisis ends, according to a survey by Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU).

“This represents an enormous shift in work habits, and one that has ramifications for mass transit, and the economies of the states surrounding New Jersey,” the report said.

The poll also found that about a fifth (22 percent) of women in the state are more likely to work remotely part-time, most likely due to childcare demands.

Seventy percent of New Jersey workers who continued to work in offices throughout the pandemic did not have a college degree, while those with a college degree were twice as likely to work remotely, the survey showed.

Thirty-eight percent of workers in the state said they would rather work remotely, compared with 31 percent who would choose to go into the office full time. Only 18 percent would want to work entirely from home, the poll revealed.

“The pandemic really exacerbated a lot of the inequalities that were already in the system. Some people came out fine, but less-educated workers were less able to move to remote work. Women were less able to balance remote work with the demands of household labor,” Dan Cassino, executive director of the FDU poll, said in the report.

The survey polled 803 registered voters in New Jersey, aged 18 and older.

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