New work-from-home trend is here to stay – see what Alabama county leads the way

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Many employees have switched to a work-from-home model or remote working arrangement in recent years. (Michael Seale/Hville Blast)

Working remotely has been a growing trend in the workforce gradually over the last decade or so, but the COVID pandemic made working from home a necessity for some people. And the trend has stuck over the last few years.

What Alabama county leads the state in the number of work-from-home employees? Madison County, according to a recent study. Here’s what to know:

The work-from-home trend

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The work-from-home life is not without its distractions, as I figured out over the pandemic. (Michael Seale/Hville Blast)

Working from home, as I mentioned above, became necessary during the pandemic, and many of those workers who were able to do their jobs from home during the pandemic have remained as remote workers (at least partially).

In fact, according to a recent study by Zippia, 26 percent of workers in the U.S. work remotely, and 36.2 million American employees are predicted to be working remotely by 2025.

The Zippia report showed some interesting facts about the work-from-home concept:

  • 40% of workers believe that they’ve been more productive while working at home during the pandemic, as opposed to the office.
  • 16% of U.S. companies are fully remote.
  • Remote jobs now make up 15% of work opportunities in the US.
  • The average U.S. worker works 5.8 remote workdays per month.
  • From 2018 to 2021, the number of fully remote workers quadrupled.
  • 59% of workers report being more likely to choose an employer that allows remote work rather than one that doesn’t.

Madison County leads the work-from-home trend in Alabama

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Many workers in Madison County do not go into the office every day during the work week. (Hville Blast)

A few weeks ago, we posted a poll on our LinkedIn page asking our readers whether they work remotely full time, work in an office full time, or had a hybrid work model. Here were our results:

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A report released recently by ClickUp shows that Madison County leads Alabama in the number of workers doing their jobs remotely. ClickUp used Census Bureau data from the 2021 American Community Survey to find the county in each state with the largest percentage of people working from home at least some of the time.

Here are some of the findings from the report:

  • People working from home within Madison County: 19.2% of workers
  • Total number of workers within county (age 16+): 193,623
  • People working from home statewide: 9.6% of workers
  • Total number of workers statewide (age 16+): 2.2 million

Alabama is sort of behind the curve when it comes to remote workers. Nearly half of District of Columbia professionals worked remotely in 2021, with nearly a quarter of workers in Washington, Maryland, Colorado, and Massachusetts working remotely.

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