September 27, 2005
Among wage and salary workers who were taking work home in May 2004 without a formal arrangement to be paid for that work, the most common reason for working at home was to "finish or catch up on work" (56 percent).
An additional 32 percent reported that they worked at home at least once per week because it was the "nature of the job."
"Coordinate work schedule with personal or family needs" and "business is conducted from home" were each cited by about 3 percent of wage and salary workers who worked at home on an unpaid basis.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Reasons for working at home in 2004 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2005/sept/wk4/art02.htm (visited November 25, 2015).
Fifty years of looking at changes in peoples lives
Longitudinal surveys help us understand long-term changes, such as how events that happened when a person was in high school affect labor market success as an adult.