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Remote workers in metro-Atlanta work more than non-remote peers, study shows

The COVID-19 pandemic pushed the nation to make a swift and unusual shift to remote work and learning for the first time in history.

ATLANTA — A new study conducted by Filterbuy showed that remote workers in Atlanta work an additional 1.3 hours more per week than non-remote workers. The COVID-19 pandemic pushed the nation to make a swift and unusual shift to remote work and learning for the first time in history.

As more people get the vaccine and begin to return to "normal" offices, a new study revealed that workers are more equally or more productive from home as opposed to in the office. They also tend to work longer hours at home.

Full-time non-remote workers in Atlanta log about 43.9 hours per week compared to their remote peers at around 45.2 hours per week, according to an analysis of the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2019 American Community Survey.

The findings fall in line with Census Bureau data for remote workers. The data showed that "full-time remote workers logged almost two additional hours per week, on average than non-remote workers in 2019," the study said.

As of recent, the Census Bureau found that part-time remote workers (19.3/per week) tend to work less than non-remote peers (21.5/ per week). Full-time remote workers, however, had the opposite impact. They tend to work 45.6 hours per week, whereas non-remote full-time workers log 43.8 per week.

"Overall, remote workers were less likely to work full-time in 2019, as approximately two-thirds of remote workers were full-time, compared to 73% of non-remote workers," the Filterbuy findings stated.

The study found that full-time remote workers in the agriculture industry worked the longest hours overall and remote workers in finance and public administration worked the fewest number of hours.

Remote and non-remote workers in the south worked similar amounts overall, whereas workers in Vermont and South Dakota had a 5.7-hour difference between their workers.