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Is D.C. a Telecommuting Mecca?

Friday, July 23, 2010

(Washington, DC - David Schultz, WAMU News)  Numbers don't lie, but statistics often do. Take this one, for example:  Around 10 percent of federal employees across the country telecommute at least once a week, according to a survey released this week by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments' Transportation Planning Board.

Ten percent - sounds reasonable, right?

That number is essentially an average.  And, as my college statistics professor was fond of saying, if Bill Gates walks into a bar, everyone in that bar suddenly becomes a billionaire, on average. In other words, averages can be misleading.

And that's especially true for this figure.

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