2 Million People Quit Their Jobs Every Month

Even with unemployment near 8 percent, many people just can’t stand where they work.

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Forbes writes about a statistic I didn’t realize the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics even tracked: how many quitters there are.

According to the BLS, the number of people quitting has been rising since January of last year, with a spike in August. For the most recent month reported, January, 2.2 million people willingly left work.

The region where people quit most often is consistently the South, by a wide margin. The area where people are least likely to quit is the Northeast.

In January, the industry with the most quitters was “Trade, transportation, and utilities” followed by “Leisure and hospitality.” 353,000 retail workers quit in January, along with 426,000 people working in the hotel and restaurant industries.

The industries people quit in the least are “arts, entertainment, and recreation” (sounds fun) and manufacturing. Those had a respective 45,000 and 102,000 quitters in January.

The Forbes article cites some stats from various research studies, including that 74 percent of people would consider looking for a new job, and 32 percent are actively doing it. It also says that common reasons for being unhappy at work include disliking the boss (31 percent), having no power (31 percent), office politics (35 percent), and never getting recognized (43 percent).

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