More Americans have traveled away from their homes in the past week compared with the preceding 6 weeks, a new analysis from the New York Times found, showing that states’ decisions to reopen parts of their economies have increased mobility across the country. The analysis was based on cellphone data, and showed that 25 million Americans left their home on average each day of last week. In every part of the country, the percentage of Americans staying home dropped, for an overall average of 36.1% of Americans staying at home. The Times found the peak staying-at-home activity occurred in the 2 weeks after Mar 20, when almost all states first issued stay-at-home orders. The states with the highest proportion of residents staying at home during their peak were New York (54% of residents), New Jersey (53%), Massachusetts (52%), and Michigan (50%). The percentage fell in all four states as of last week, to 39% of residents in Michigan (the largest drop in the country) and to 45% or 46% in the other states.

 

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