Report: FlexJobs Identifies Telecommuting Jobs in the 10 Worst U.S. Cities for Commutes

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Telecommuting an attractive alternative for workers in congested cities such as San Francisco, New York, and DC.

“These cities are extreme examples where commuters are losing massive amounts of time simply to get to and from their offices, although there are many cities around the country where commuting takes a toll on the average worker,” said Sara Sutton Fell.

Telecommuting is the most in-demand type of flexible work arrangement by today’s flexible job seeker, a preference motivated largely by the time, money and stress that can be saved by eliminating a daily commute, according to a survey by FlexJobs. 76 percent of respondents reported a daily round trip commute of over an hour.

Although workers in all parts of the U.S. can suffer from taxing work commutes, according to the U.S. Census Bureau there are ten cities in particular where the daily commute proves to be the most difficult and time consuming. FlexJobs, a job service that specializes in telecommuting and other flexible jobs, has compiled a sample of telecommuting jobs currently available in each of these traffic prone cities to give an idea of the types of jobs that offer remote options in these and other cities around the country.

Below are the top 10 U.S. cities with the longest commutes for full time workers. Seven out of the ten states represented on this list are also among the top ten states with the most telecommuting job listings, with Massachusetts, Washington and Washington, D.C. not included.

For each of the cities, real, recently-posted telecommuting job titles from the FlexJobs database are included to show commuters the variety of at-home options available. Telecommuting refers to work that can be performed from home and options may include contract, employee, part-time, and full-time positions.

San Francisco, CA: Director of Product Marketing, Community Manager, Legal Secretary
New York, NY: RN Service Coordinator Clinician, Mac OS X Developer, Senior Product Designer
Washington, DC: Senior Managing Director, Diversity and Inclusiveness, Luxury Public Relations & Corporate Communications Expert, Proposal Writer
Trenton, NJ: Senior Local Trial Manager, Executive Recruiting Sourcing Specialist, Pre Sales Engineer
Los Angeles, CA: Software Engineer Senior, Senior Staff Attorney, Associate Editor
Boston, MA: Grant Writer, Senior Talent & Culture Manager, Director of Engineering
Atlanta, GA: Talent Acquisition Analyst, Resource Manager, Life Insurance Underwriter
Chicago, IL: Online Language Tutor, Ruby Developer, Marketing Analyst
Philadelphia, PA: Nurse Case Manager, Associate Director of Biostatistics, Medical Coding Specialist
Seattle, WA: Career Coach, Campaign Manager, Virtual Teacher

“These cities are extreme examples where commuters are losing massive amounts of time simply to get to and from their offices, although there are many cities around the country where commuting takes a toll on the average worker,” said Sara Sutton Fell, Founder and CEO of FlexJobs. “Eliminating commutes, even just a couple times a week, would reduce traffic, pollution, and gas consumption, as well as free up time for employees to engage in activities that make them happier and healthier, in turn making them more productive--a win-win for both employees and employers.”

Additional data regarding the cost of commuting in the U.S. includes:

On average, Americans spend an average of forty hours stuck in traffic each year, with the annual financial cost of congestion $121 billion.

5,000,000 employed American adults have called into work sick because they couldn’t face their commute.

The average telecommuter, who commutes 60 minutes round-trip every day, would save more than $4500 annually in car and gas expenses and save four tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

For more information visit: http://www.flexjobs.com/blog/post/telecommuting-jobs-10-worst-u-s-cities-commuting/

To request additional information, please contact Kathy Gardner at kgardner[at]flexjobs[dot]com.

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