Remote workers in Douglas County continue to increase

Minnesota is ninth in the nation for remote workers, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

DOUGLAS COUNTY โ€” The U.S. Census Bureau reports that 9.3% of workers 16 and older in Douglas County work remotely from home.

That number almost doubled when compared to previous census data that reported only 5.2% of workers in Douglas County worked from home.

Minnesota's Department of Employment and Economic Development reports that one of the biggest changes to employment since the pandemic has been the increase in people working from home.

Central Lakes Remote Workers Society was organized by Danielle Thompson for at-home workers to socialize together

From 2011 to 2019, the number of remote workers in Minnesota increased slightly from 5.2% (139,618) to 6.4% (189,375) but then jumped two years later to 20.9% (607,802).

The Census Bureau conducted a survey this year and found that now 23.5% of Minnesota workers do so remotely at least three days a week. The data put Minnesota as the top Midwest state for remote workers and ninth in the nation, according to the bureau.


The U.S. average of remote workers is 20.1%.

The other Midwest states include North Dakota with 10.2% of workers doing so from home, South Dakota with 12.6%, Iowa with 14.5%, Wisconsin with 16.7% and Nebraska with 16.2%.

Thalen Zimmerman of Alexandria joined the Echo Press team as a full-time reporter in Aug. 2021, after graduating from Bemidji State University with a bachelor of science degree in mass communication in May of 2021.
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