As most companies announce plans to bring workers back to the office, remote work has decreased in the U.S., according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
While 35 percent of people in the U.S. were working remotely in May 2020, the peak of telecommuting, that number declined by more than half in June 2021 to 14 percent, the agency reported.
Some sectors were even more dramatically affected by the revived U.S. economy, Business Insider pointed out, citing a tweet by the chief economist at hiring site Indeed, Jed Kolko.
Eighty-one percent of workers in education, training and library occupations worked remotely because of Covid-19 in May 2020. That number fell to 19 percent in June 2021.
Despite sometimes dramatic drops in remote work, it is unlikely in-person work will fully return in the future, Business Insider said. Citing a Morning Consult survey, the news publication wrote that 39 percent of workers said they would consider quitting if their bosses weren’t flexible about working from home.