KEY POINTS
  • Remote work ballooned during the Covid pandemic as a public health measure.
  • The share of full-time, remote work seems poised to flatline at a level five times that of 2019.
  • Workers and companies have reaped benefits, especially in so-called "hybrid" arrangements.

The pandemic-era trend of working from home remains a key feature of the U.S. job market — and is likely to stay entrenched as a permanent perk for a broad swath of the American workforce, according to labor economists.

The pre-pandemic baseline of going into an office five days a week "is dead" for many workers, said Nick Bunker, an economist at job site Indeed.