• Seattle commute one of the worst in U.S., new survey says

    By: KIRO 7 News Staff


    As commute times increase, the drive to work may be driving people to look for new jobs. 

    According to a new survey from Robert Half, 45% of people say their trip to the office is too long – up from 30% in a similar 2017 survey. 

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    The survey found that Chicago, Miami, New York and San Francisco had the most workers who quit a job because of a bad commute. 

    Seattle topped the list of cities where workers say that their commute has gotten worse – followed by Denver, Austin and San Francisco. 

    Workers also said the stress of longer travel times can make them less productive on the job.

    "It's worthwhile for employees to ask about a different schedule, modifying, working from home from time-to-time because the market is very competitive for employees," said Brandi Britton with Robert Half.  

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    The study included responses from more than 2,800 workers over the age of 18 who were employed in office environments in 28 major U.S. cities. 

    In 2017, The Downtown Seattle Associated estimated that 8% of downtown workers came from more than 50 miles. 

    KIRO 7's Graham Johnson found "Super Commuters" in the area, including a man who traveled from Cle Elum to Tacoma and a woman who traveled from Port Ludlow to Seattle every day. 

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