The Millions of Employees Resignation

The Millions of Employees Resignation
The Millions of Employees Resignation

In the wake of the unprecedented jobs crisis brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, a new trend has emerged in the U.S. labour market, as more and more Americans are quitting their jobs. According to the latest JOLTS report, a record number of 4.4 million Americans left their jobs in September, accelerating a trend that has become known as the Great Resignation.

The number of Americans quitting has now exceeded pre-pandemic highs for six months, as employers struggle to fill open positions, especially in low-wage sectors. The reasons for this trend are, of course, manifold. Still, one primary driver appears to be that many workers are no longer willing to put up with the pay and working conditions they (perhaps grudgingly) accepted before the pandemic.

“I certainly think that the pandemic has led many people to reevaluate their work and their priorities and what they want to do,” Elise Gould, senior economist at the Economic Policy Institute, said in a statement to Business Insider.

The fact that the quit rate is exceptionally high in sectors with a large number of frontline workers, e.g. hospitality, health care and retail, suggests that safety concerns also play a role in the worker departure, especially in the face of the highly infectious Delta variant.

 

The Millions of Employees Resignation

 

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