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by Vault Careers | March 17, 2020

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Amid the widespread concern surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, it seems that more companies are responding by allowing their employees to work from home. As more and more people are being instructed to take the vital preventative measures of social distancing and self-quarantine, employers are prioritizing their workers’ health and well-being by making remote work options more readily available. Unfortunately, certain industries just cannot make those accommodations.

According to a new LendingTree study, which analyzes data collected from the 2018 Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 29% of Americans report that they could work from home if necessary. Among those are typically younger individuals with higher education, who work in industries like tech or the arts. Even more troubling is that, of Americans age 65 and older—who have the highest risk of complications from coronavirus—just 26% say they’d be able to work from home if they had to. And 35% of those American workers said that work would be unpaid.

Scroll through the slideshow above to see which Americans will be least likely to work from home (or will be forced to not work at all) during the coronavirus epidemic and click here to read the full set of findings from LendingTree’s study.

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