Poor, Minority Workers Less Likely to Be Able to Work From Home

March 20, 2020, 8:15 PM

Millions of Americans have been sent home from work during the coronavirus pandemic, and a new report highlights the stark divide between those who can continue their work from home and those who cannot—largely low-income and minority workers.

Analyzing Bureau of Labor Statistics data, the report from the Economic Policy Institute finds that 28.8% of American workers are able to work from home. This figure varies based on income: While 62% of the top quartile of wage earners fall into this category, only 9.2% of the bottom quartile do.

Heidi Shierholz, director of policy at the think tank and co-author ...

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