Most people quit their jobs in these states – the hill
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- Updated data from the Wallet Hub shows that Alaska has been the state with the most job layoffs over the past 12 months.
- Montana and Wyoming came in second and third.
- Experts believe the pandemic-related shift to remote work has played a role in the job resignations.
According to new data from the Wallet Hub, workers in Alaska, Montana and Wyoming are quitting at the highest rate in the country.
Since the coronavirus pandemic began and then subsided, a wave of workers has chosen to leave their jobs as Americans’ priorities and living conditions change. The trend shows no signs of slowing, with a recent report from McKinsey finding that 40 percent of workers are still planning to leave their current workplace.
“The experience of the pandemic, especially layoffs and early retirement, has undoubtedly contributed to the current malaise in the labor market,” Joshua Rosenblum, professor of economics at Iowa State University, said in a statement.
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“It is also possible that remote working and other disruptions caused by the pandemic have also contributed to many people’s reassessment of their preferences regarding where they live and how they work, which has led to an increase in employee turnover as well.”
Wallet Hub researchers analyzed US Bureau of Labor Statistics data for all 50 states and Washington, D.C., to determine the percentage of the workforce in each area that quit last month and over the past year.
Using this data, the researchers ranked each state based on the amount of workforce resignation. Alaska topped the list with a resignation rate of 4.18 percent over the past 12 months and 4.7 percent last month.
Meanwhile, Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey had the lowest resignation rates. But nothing can match Washington, D.C.’s low quit rates of 1.80 percent last month and 1.93 percent over the past year.
Here are the 10 countries with the highest quitting rates:
- Alaska (4.18 percent over the past 12 months)
- Montana (3.69)
- Wyoming (3.66)
- Florida (3.35)
- Georgia (3.86)
- Vermont (3.23)
- Idaho (3.48)
- Mississippi (3.53)
- Arizona (3.37)
- Tennessee (3.31)
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