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Yelp’s Remote Work Policy Spurs Employee Exodus from NYC to Florida

After Yelp shuttered its offices, fully remote employees left major cities for Florida and Texas.

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Workers who never have to go back to an office are leaving high-cost cities like New York and San Francisco for warm weather and low taxes in the Sun Belt.

Yelp, known for its crowdsourced reviews of businesses, analyzed three years of internal data on its own workforce, which is fully remote. It found the share of workers living near its office locations plunged between 2019 and 2022, with its headquarters in San Francisco seeing the most dramatic drop (down 70%), followed by New York, Washington, DC, and Chicago (each down 67%).