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Working From Home Is Sticking in US as Office Occupancy Stalls

  • New York City’s results hurt by last week’s religious holidays
  • RTO mandates at some big employers delayed by worker pushback
Commuters exit a Wall Street subway station near the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York.

Commuters exit a Wall Street subway station near the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York.

Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

America’s return to the office remained in limbo last week as occupancy across big cities was little changed, while New York City’s push to get workers back got sidetracked by religious holidays.

Average office occupancy in ten US cities for the week ending Sept. 28 declined slightly from 47.3% to 47.2% the previous week, according to card-swipe data from security company Kastle Systems. Half of the cities Kastle tracked showed declines over the period, in particular the New York metro area, where just 43.5% of workers showed up, down from 46.1% the week earlier. The Big Apple’s results were likely skewed by the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, which closed the city’s schools for two days last week.