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Working from home, the new existing norm in Raleigh-Durham

An exploration of the work from home landscape in the Raleigh-Durham Region

July 13, 2020
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  • Across the Raleigh-Durham Metro approximately 7% of all workers work from home a majority of the time. This 2.1% higher than the US average of 4.9%. The Triangle high rate of remote work is bolstered by its large tech workforce and ease of travel to most of the US.

  • WFH is more likely in North Raleigh, Cary, Morrisville, and Chapel Hill.

  • White collar WFH rates are lower than other comparable metros largely due to the strong clustering of the Life Science and Biotech industry in the Triangle. These jobs though highly technical and highly paid rely on laboratory and specialized equipment which limit the ability of staff to work remotely.

  • During the current downturn the Raleigh-Durham market has lost approximately 14,500 white collar jobs while shedding 25,000 blue collar jobs between March and May of 2020.

  • Areas with high rates of remote workers (>10%) have a median household income of $95,000 while areas with low rates of remote workers (<5%) have a median household income of $55,000; a 73% difference.