Blog Post

Insight: Characteristics of Utah’s Teleworkers

By: Mallory Bateman

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The Census Bureau recently released a blog that provides national insights into the population who switched to telework during the pandemic. In partnership with other federal agencies, the Census Bureau created the Household Pulse Survey to gain insights into how Americans are experiencing the coronavirus pandemic. Their findings were that “Households with members who teleworked more frequently reported higher levels of income and education and better health than those in which no one changed their typical in-person work in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Do Utah’s new teleworkers reflect these same characteristics?

Utah has been in the top 5 states for the largest share of teleworkers since the question began to be asked. The share of teleworking adults over 18 has ranged from 45.6% to 52.7% during this time, those who “substituted some or all of their typical in-person work for telework because of the coronavirus pandemic.” While the national blog provides a household-level perspective, the population considered here is adults over age 18.

In the most recent data, Utah workers between ages 2