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New research pinpoints the share of US jobs that can be done from home

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Before Covid-19, the share of full-time US workers who worked from home either fully or partially on an average day was 24%, according to data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

We know there are many more in their ranks now. But we also know that 16.8 million Americans have filed for unemployment benefits in the past three weeks, many because their jobs (whether at restaurants, hotels, or retail shops, on theater stages, in factories, or in any number of other fields) are venue-specific; their work simply cannot be replicated at home.

So what share of US jobs can be done remotely?

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