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The rise of remote work in Charlotte — it’s not for everyone

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Heather Burks, co-owner of GarlandBurks Marketing, works from home with her husband, Walter Burks. GarlandBurks Marketing CharlotteFive

The rise of remote work across America has only just begun , and Charlotte is no exception.

While remote jobs — those that can be done outside of a traditional office setting with primarily a computer and cell phone — still account for a small share of jobs in both North Carolina and the U.S., workers are increasingly opting for the flexible lifestyle.

In the Charlotte area, 7% of workers work from home, up from 5% since 2013, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. By comparison, 5% of national workers work from home, up from 4% in 2013.

“Charlotte is definitely a hub for remote workers and has grown significantly in this regard,” said Chuck McShane, vice president of business analytics and data at Charlotte Regional Business Alliance. “With a tighter labor market and improving technology, workers in high-demand fields have a lot more negotiating power and choice in where they want to live.”

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