While maybe it should be common sense, cities with jobs that are more remote work friendly have an office market that is recovering slower than cities with fewer such jobs.

Seattle, Boston, and San Francisco, which have the highest share of remote friendly jobs in the nation, have levels of demand down 39, 43 and 46% from their 2018-2019 average, respectively, according to the VTS Office Demand Index (VODI). Markets with fewer remote friendly jobs, Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, are only down 14 and 15 and 24% from their pre-pandemic values, respectively.

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