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How does Houston lead the nation in both office workers and open office space?

Statistics on who’s heading to the office and where in Houston seem contradictory, but aren’t. 


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According to Houston-based property management company Kastle Systems, the Houston area has one of the highest rates of workers returning to the office.

And yet, office market stats compiled by CoStar and JPMorgan indicate Houston has more vacant office space than anywhere else in the country. What gives?

Dani Romero reported this week on these seemingly paradoxical stats for Yahoo! Finance. And while it seems like a paradox, there is a simple reason why we have more vacant office space even as more Houstonians have returned to the office: We’ve just built much more office space in the last decade than most cities.

In the audio above, Romero talks about how the statistics are not direct, apples-to-apples comparisons and how as new office space is getting filled it’s leaving old office buildings more and more empty.

Joshua Zinn

Joshua Zinn

Producer, Houston Matters

Joshua is a producer for Houston Matters on News 88.7 as well as the host of Encore Houston on Houston Public Media Classical. He joined Houston Public Media as a radio intern in 2014 and became a full-time announcer the following year. Now he prepares segments and occasionally records interviews...

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