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  • Respondents said the coronavirus crisis prompted a reevaluation of their work-life balance and priorities, according to the Post’s reporting.
  • Nearly 30 percent of respondents said they seriously considered moving, while 17 percent actually moved, either temporarily or permanently.
  • The Post-Schar School poll shows 59 percent of adults want to return to the office or workplace when the pandemic is over, while 10 percent said they want to “mostly” work remotely and 8 percent said they would like to “always” work from home.

A new poll conducted by The Washington Post and the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University shows a significant number of younger Americans considered changing careers as the coronavirus pandemic upended lives and businesses across the country. 

The Washington Post-Schar School poll found about 1 in 3 workers in the U.S. under the age of 40 considered changing jobs over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, while roughly 1 in 5 workers of all ages did the same. 

Respondents said the coronavirus crisis prompted a reevaluation of their work-life balance and priorities, according to The Post’s reporting

Nearly 30 percent of respondents said they seriously considered moving while 17 percent actually moved, either temporarily or permanently. Americans under 40 were the most likely to consider relocating, according to the Post. 


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With regard to remote work, the Post-Schar School poll shows 59 percent of adults want to return to the office or workplace when the pandemic is over, while 10 percent said they want to “mostly”  work remotely and 8 percent said they would like to “always” work from home. 

The survey of 1,000 adults was conducted between July 6 and 21 with a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points. 

The report from the Post comes as job openings rose to a record high in June for a third straight month and layoffs remained at historic lows. There were 10.1 million open jobs on the final day of June. 


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Published on Aug 16, 2021