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State study shows nearly 50% of Hawaiʻi employees working remotely

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An estimated 42% of private-sector employees were working remotely as of August 2021, according to a report released by the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism.

Fifteen percent of Hawaiʻi businesses had a remote work policy in place prior to the pandemic. Businesses on Oʻahu were more likely to implement such a policy at 44.2%, compared to Maui County at 29%, Hawai‘i County at 28.8%, and Kaua‘i County at 25.5%.

Nearly 60% of the state’s civilian working population worked remotely at some point between the start of the pandemic and last August.

DBEDT said 23.6% reported working exclusively on a remote basis, while 23.4% reported working on a hybrid basis at the time of being surveyed. The remaining 53% of Hawai‘i’s adult civilian remote work population had returned to the office exclusively at the time of the survey.

The report also showed that employees were more likely to work from home if they earned a higher income and had a bachelor’s degree.

Zoe Dym was a news producer at Hawaiʻi Public Radio.
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