For the first time since the lockdowns of the pandemic, Kastle’s weekly 10-city return-to-office barometer has reported an average office occupancy level of more than 50%.

The 10 major US metros in Kastle’s survey—based on entry-card swipes—averaged 50.4% in office occupancy levels for the week ended Jan. 25 (Kastle’s week runs from Wednesday to Wednesday, which is the day the work week most often ends in the emerging patterns of the post-pandemic hybrid workplace).

In another post-pandemic first, all of the metros tracked in the survey achieved office occupancy averages of 40% or above, including the city with the most troubled office sector in the US, San Francisco—which jumped more than two percentage points to nearly 46%.

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