One-quarter of Employed Teleworked in August 2020 Because of COVID-19 Pandemic

About one in four people employed in August 2020 teleworked or worked from home for pay because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 24% of workers who teleworked in August was down from 35% in May, the first month these data were collected.

The likelihood of teleworking fell from May to August, but the patterns across the demographic groups and other worker characteristics were generally similar over the months. In August, 27% of women teleworked because of the pandemic, compared with 22% of men. Telework was more common among Asians (43% in August) than Whites (23%), Blacks (21%), and Hispanics (16%).

Younger workers were less likely than older workers to have teleworked because of the pandemic. In August, 11 percent of employed people under age 25 had teleworked because of the pandemic, compared with 27% of workers ages 25 to 54 and 23% of workers age 55 and older.

Workers with higher levels of educational attainment were more likely to have teleworked because of the pandemic. Among employed people age 25 and older in August, only 3% of those with less a high school diploma teleworked, compared with 44% of those with a bachelor’s degree or higher.

These data are from the Current Population Survey and are not seasonally adjusted. Beginning in May 2020, the Bureau of Labor Statistics added questions to the Current Population Survey to help gauge the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the labor market. Learn more about these new supplemental data. A summary of the impact of the pandemic on the monthly Employment Situation also is available. These data refer to employed people who teleworked or worked at home for pay at some point in the past four weeks specifically because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This does not include those whose telework was unrelated to the pandemic, such as employed people who worked entirely from home before the pandemic. People whose ethnicity is Hispanic or Latino may be of any race.