In our proprietary subscription-only data and published rankings, Conway Analytics and Site Selection offer unique project information. The fun part comes with corroboration and triangulation. Two new reports offer tempting DIY opportunities. Earlier this week, Boulder-based FlexJobs, an online service for professionals seeking remote, flexible schedule, part-time, and freelance jobs, named the top 15 states where companies recruited the most state-based remote workers in 2018. Well-populated California, Texas, and New York were the top three states, but the list (see below) isn't just a numbers game.
FlexJobs, which also offers a U.S. Remote Job Market Map with remote worker populations and top cities for the most remote workers, says half-time remote workers gain back 11 days a year (the average daily commute is 26.1 minutes). “According to a new report, between 2010 and 2017, 16% of all white-collar jobs added to the economy have been filled by people primarily working from home,” said Sara Sutton, founder and CEO of FlexJobs.
If you thought most of those remote jobs were data and IT-related, you would not be wrong. Corroboration of a sort can be found in Cyberstates 2019, from IT association CompTIA, documenting state and metro-area tech employment trends. The top five states for net tech employment gains in 2018 were California (51,567), Florida (18,147), Texas (17,855), North Carolina (13,773) and New York (13,732). On a percentage change basis, job growth was strongest in Utah (4.3%), New Hampshire (4.2%), North Carolina (4%), Nevada (4%) and Washington (3.5%).
Triangulate which states score well in their lists and ours and you might have a winner for your next project or your next place to live.
Top States for Remote Workers
- New York
- North Carolina
- New Jersey