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Recent News // News Release: Connect Nevada Releases Report on Teleworking & Nevada Jobs

Thursday, June 28, 2012

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Report finds one-third of Nevada businesses allow teleworking, saving more than $100 million

Carson City, NV – Today, Connect Nevada is releasing a new report focusing on teleworking across the state. The report, Teleworking and Broadband: Linking Nevadans to Jobs, reveals approximately 20,000 Nevada businesses now allow employees to work from home, resulting in more than $100 million in savings across the state.

Here are some highlights of the report:

  • Across the state of Nevada, one-third of businesses allow employees to work from home. This equates to 20,000 businesses in the state that allow teleworking.
  • Approximately 16% of employed Nevadans (186,000 Nevadan adults) work from home instead of commuting.
  • Only 28% of rural businesses in Nevada allow teleworking, and only 9% of employed rural Nevadans are teleworkers.
  • Nevada employees who work from home full-time on average each save an estimated $1,480 per year in travel expenses and prevent 6,070 lbs. of CO2 emissions from entering the atmosphere. This equates to a total savings by full-time teleworkers in Nevada of over $108 million and 440 million lbs. of CO2 emissions. This CO2 savings is more than the total annual household CO2 emissions estimated for Carson City, Nevada.
  • Full-time teleworkers in Nevada gain over 200 hours of time, or over 8 full days each year, by not commuting.

While Nevada has one of the lowest teleworking averages of all states surveyed by Connected Nation, Nevada employees who do telework are the most likely to telework every day of the week. Approximately 73,000 Nevada adults, or 39% of teleworkers in Nevada, work from home every day, and nearly nine out of ten Nevadan teleworkers work from home at least once per month.

“Having quality broadband across all Nevada communities is critical to creating more job opportunities in our state,” said Connect Nevada State Program Manager Lindsey Niedzielski. “This report makes it clear that, as we work to expand broadband access, adoption, and use to all Nevadans, we will not only see job opportunities grow, but our state will reap the benefits of a more efficient workforce through less traffic, cleaner air, and more household income available to support the local economy.

Connect Nevada is actively working to bridge the technology gap among all Nevadans to ensure everyone has access to the life-enhancing and lifesaving applications and services that broadband provides. Increasing broadband usage among Nevada’s residents now will pave the way for future economic growth and prosperity across the entire state.

Anyone with an interest in bringing better broadband to local homes and businesses is encouraged to join in the Connect Nevada community planning effort. For more information on how to get involved, please contact Lindsey Niedzielski at lniedzielski@connectnv.org or (775) 343-9600.