Remote Workers Fleeing Dem-Run Cities, Data Show

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June 19, 2023

New data reveal that remote workers are fleeing Democrat-run cities by the thousands.

During the pandemic and the widespread institution of work-from-home policies, workers moved out of cities in record numbers. Some overwhelmingly Democratic metropolitan areas were particularly hard hit, including New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago.

New York led the pack, according to American Community Survey data analyzed by the New York Times, with a net migration loss of 116,000 remote workers. Los Angeles lost 53,000 remote workers, San Francisco 32,000, and Chicago 29,000.

The remote workers' exodus comes as their former home cities struggle with rising crime under Democratic leadership.

In New York, bail reform is keeping criminals out of prison and reoffending. A handful of thieves who continue to be released are committing one-third of retail crime. Last month, a 35-year-old woman was pushed in front of a train and left paralyzed by a man who is believed to be homeless.