Report Cites Vermont as a Leading Location for Mobile Workers
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Posted by: Jeff Couture
http://A new report from the Rockefeller Institute of Government looks at the growth of mobile workforce and where it is growing the fastest and where it could become a sizable portion of the local job scene
The report, Where the Mobile Workforce is Living, lists Vermont as one of three states with the largest work from home population share, at 7.5%, along with Oregon at 7.5% and Colorado at 8.6%.
The author, Liz Farmer, says in the report “But perhaps of most importance to states and localities is this statistic from the survey: seven in ten freelancers said they would consider moving thanks to their job flexibility and are interested in options other than a large city. It’s a huge signal that the increasing flexibility of how we earn money means that workers aren’t necessarily tied to where the job centers.”
She points to Vermont as an example of recruiting telecommuting workers as an economic development strategy, with the creation of the remote worker program, which drew 4,201 applications, awarded 84 recipients more than $320,000 total and gained 218 new Vermonters, including family members.
“The program has been so successful that the legislature ended up putting more money into it after just the first few months. It is anticipated that the program will have awarded $500,000 by the end of 2019, and the legislature has appropriated more than $1 million in grants to be awarded starting in 2020.”
See the report here.