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Offices in New York, Nationwide Hit Peak Post-Pandemic Occupancy

  • New York office buildings were 48% full last week, Kastle says
  • 10-city national average increases but remains below 50%
Workers arrive at offices in New York.

Workers arrive at offices in New York.

Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Offices in New York and other big US cities last week filled to their highest levels since the pandemic hit, but occupancy still hasn’t surpassed 50% in most places.

New York offices tracked by security firm Kastle Systems were 47.8% full in the week ended Oct. 12, up from about 44% in the previous two weeks, each of which had school holidays that kept some workers homebound. That’s the highest occupancy since early March 2020, right before Covid-19 lockdowns took effect. Kastle’s 10-city average occupancy also reached a post-pandemic high, at 49%, boosted by cities such as Austin, Texas, where offices are nearly two-thirds full.