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More Americans quit jobs in September


A Colorado clothing store advertises open seasonal positions on Nov. 8. Associated Press/Photo by David Zalubowski

More Americans quit jobs in September

The Labor Department released job reports on Friday showing an increase in the number of workers quitting their jobs for the second month in a row. More than 3 percent of the nation’s workforce, 4.4 million, left their positions in September compared to 4.3 million in August. There were roughly 10.4 million job openings that month and only 7.7 million unemployed at the time.

What does this mean? Typically, high quit rates indicate worker confidence. Employees typically do not leave a job unless they have a better option available. Experts estimate most workers left for better-paying positions, which can contribute to higher inflation and consumer costs. Employers in low-paying industries must raise wages to attract staff and then raise the cost of goods to offset it. Amazon is hiring 125,000 drivers and warehouse workers at up to $22 per hour. It is also offering sign-on bonuses of up to $3,000. UPS hopes to add 100,000 new workers for the holiday season, offering jobs to prospective workers within 30 minutes of applying.

Dig deeper: Listen to financial analyst David Bahnsen discuss declining workforce participation during the pandemic on The World and Everything in It podcast.


Carolina Lumetta

Carolina is a reporter for WORLD Digital. She is a World Journalism Institute and Wheaton College graduate. She resides in Harrisburg, Pa.

@CarolinaLumetta

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news2me

I think I read somewhere that Calif. was going to pay people even if they didn't want to work. They already give them free drugs and clean needles because it's the right thing to do.
America, the land of the lazy, is up for grabs. People are coming here to make it rich, and we will be washing their toilets.

Big Jim

Part of it I'm sure is workers leaving for better paying jobs as the article mentions. But I think some of these "quits" are either vaccine related (people that refuse to get vaxxed but are facing termination if they don't) or people that had their work life disrupted by the pandemic and have decided that they kind of like not working and have figured out a way to continue making that happen.