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Home-based Workers

Home-based workers perform work duties at home, rather than travel to a separate workplace.

The American Community Survey includes a question asked of those ages 16 and over who were employed and at work in the previous week, on the method of transportation usually used to get to work. Home-based workers are those who reported ‘‘work from home’’ on this question. More information, including a copy of the ACS questionnaire, is available on the ACS page.

American Community Survey

The Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) includes work schedule questions that are asked of employed respondents who are at least 15 years old. The work schedule section includes detailed questions related to respondents’ employment history and job details, including whether respondents worked from home during a typical week in the previous month and whether there were any days when the respondent worked entirely from home. More information, including a data dictionary containing the exact questions contained within the topical module, is available on the SIPP page.

Working from home is sometimes referred to as ‘telework’. Beginning in August 2020, the Household Pulse Survey asked participant households their telework status in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. More information, including the different versions of the survey questionnaire that have been fielded since its introduction, is available on the Household Pulse Survey page.

American Community Survey (ACS)

Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP)

Household Pulse Survey

Decennial Census

Page Last Revised - April 14, 2023
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