A semi-masked man walks along the Portland waterfront on Thursday Jan. 14, 2021. Credit: Troy R. Bennett / BDN

One surprising upside to the pandemic is people moving to the perceived safe environment of Maine while working remotely and keeping their out-of-state jobs.

The state’s revised 10-year economic forecast notes that such “teleworkers” could help offset the close to 16,000 fewer jobs in Maine by 2028 as workers retire. Maine economists and businesspeople have touted in-migration of workers to the state as a means to develop a new workforce that could grow the economy.

While the pandemic may have hastened the influx of teleworkers — some of whom purchased houses and created a tight and hot residential housing market — it still is unclear how many will remain once the pandemic is under control.

We’d like to hear from teleworkers about why you chose to come to Maine and your future plans. Join the conversation by taking the survey below.