Friday, October 05, 2012

Not Many Work at Home

Working at home was supposed to be the Next Big Thing. Turns out, not so much. According to the American Community survey, 6 million people worked primarily from home in 2010. That number grew 30 percent between 2000 and 2010, an impressive gain, but the proportion who work at home climbed from only 3.3 to 4.3 percent during those years.

About one-third of those who work from home are aged 55 or older, half are self-employed or unpaid family workers, and half earn less than $25,000 a year. The earnings of those who work at home account for only about one-third of their household's total median earnings.

Source: Census Bureau, Home-Based Workers in the United States: 2010

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