Houston-area workplaces saw occupancy rates increase to nearly 60 percent in December 2022, up 25 percent from the beginning of the pandemic. The area’s return-to-office rate is outpacing several other major metro areas.
As of July, approximately 440,000 Louisianans have voluntarily left their jobs this year, the highest total for the first seven months of a year since 2000. But experts say mobility signals a healthy economy, albeit a challenging one for employers.
Tens of millions of Americans now work remotely on a full-time basis. Relocation incentives are helping to redefine the concept of “suburb.”
The power in the labor market has shifted from employer to employee in the last year or so, allowing workers to be more firm in their demands, like the option to work remotely. Many think a recession would unlikely change those dynamics.
While many firms expect workers to be remote about 30 percent of the time after the pandemic, the rate has “stalled” around 40 percent since last fall. Cities will have to adjust as less workers commute into downtown spaces.
More than 13,000 people relocated to the Texas city between 2020 and 2021, the most for cities with populations of 50,000 or more. San Antonio is the seventh-largest city in the country with around 1.5 million residents.
A Pew analysis finds that a third of states lost residents in 2021. Analysts are debating whether these shifts and slowing population growth rates throughout the country really are signs of “demographic doom.”
There has been a rise in employee lawsuits demanding reimbursement for extra expenses triggered by remote work, such as Internet, printing or temperature regulation costs which could amount to as much as $5,000 a year.
In a survey of Chicago executives, 43 percent thought employees would return to the office three days a week, instead of the full five, reflecting a shift in workplace culture that could stay post-pandemic.
Towns like Quincy, Ill., can be appealing to remote workers for the cheaper cost of living and community aspects of a small town. About 17 percent of workers reported moving away from their workplace since the pandemic’s start.
Companies and job seekers have expanded options if workers don’t have to live where they work. But for city governments, this can mean lost tax revenue.
A recent survey found that many people who had recently arrived in Tampa Bay had moved for the sunny weather or a job change, while many were leaving because of politics or to find better schools or cheaper services.
There are an estimated 7 million Texans across the state without high-speed Internet access, though the number could be much higher. But some hope that the implementation of 5G will help increase connectivity.
Half of public-sector workers are considering leaving their jobs. Unions have stepped up their role in retention and recruitment, but the ongoing lack of normalcy remains a serious challenge.
With elections on their minds, governors’ most watched policy speech of the year had some technology highlights, like luring tech companies and remote workers with robust broadband.