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Published: Oct 09, 2020 5 min read
Calum Heath for Money

Commuting from your bedroom to your kitchen table may have granted you some creature comforts, like staying in your pajamas until noon or snuggling with your dog instead of fighting for a seat on a packed train. It's probably also saved you some serious time.

The daily commute — which, back in 2015, was 26 minutes each way for the average U.S. worker — has been squashed for many, at least for now. Collectively, workers who kept their jobs in the wake of COVID-19 have millions of extra hours on their hands per week, according to calculations from Diego Mendez-Carbajo, an economic education specialist at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

Using Census Bureau data, Mendez-Carbajo looked at the average daily commuting time for three suburban counties nestled around larger metro areas: DuPage County, Ill. (29.57 minutes), St. Louis County, Mo. (24.30 minutes) and Fairfax County, Va. (32.18 minutes).