According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune…
While the numbers are still small — about 5 percent of the state’s 2.8 million workers logged in from a remote location at least part of the time in the past year — Minnesota nonetheless is a national leader in a trend that reflects a subtle yet significant change in where and how we work.
Five percent doesn’t sound like a lot – in fact I was surprised at the number but it does reflect a lot of recent growth..
The number of teleworkers has risen more than 50 percent since 2000 among the state’s workforce, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau, though advocates of telework believe the numbers are significantly underreported. The growth rate exceeds that of all other commuting categories, including biking, carpooling and public transit.
The article also details some of the benefits…
With commutes ranging from 10 minutes to two hours, the average teleworker saved about $94 a week in fuel, vehicle wear-and-tear, lost time and reduced carbon emissions, according to the U. The employer’s annual benefit was valued at $447,000.
To help reader get in the mood, here are a few telecommuting bumper stickers someone shared with me: