Illinois has seen a rise in the number of job seekers seeking work in remote locations.
Job seekers are flocking to job centres and online recruitment sites in the state with the expectation of getting the job they want in remote areas, the governor’s office said on Wednesday.
The governor’s website says Illinois is one of 10 states with the largest number of jobs requiring remote work, including remote manufacturing, remote agricultural, remote construction and remote maintenance.
The number of positions requiring remote workers jumped to 3,500 in the third quarter of 2017, with some of those jobs requiring more than one location, said Lisa Fieger, a spokeswoman for the governor.
The job seekers, some of whom are employed by local employers, are applying to work in the same locations for as little as $10 an hour, according to Fiegers office.
The jobs requiring only one location are the lowest paid jobs, she said.
The numbers show that in the first quarter of this year, more than 17,000 Illinois job seekers applied for remote jobs, according in the Governor’s Office.
The total number of remote jobs nationwide increased to 2,000 in the fourth quarter of the year, from 1,900 in the second quarter, Fieers office said.
It said more than 8,000 people were employed by a third party to do remote work in Illinois.
Job centre operators are paying for workers’ accommodation in remote places, so they can’t be expected to be available 24/7, she added.