Americans Are Quitting Jobs at Record Rates: Labor Department

A record number of U.S. workers voluntarily quit their jobs in August, led by bar and restaurant employees as well as retail staff, according to figures released Tuesday by the Department of Labor. The Labor Department’s monthly Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, known as the JOLTS report, showed that 4.3 million left their jobs. The quits rose to 2.9 percent, which is an increase of 242,000 from the previous month, and represents the highest figure in data that goes back to December 2000. An increase of 157,000 quits was recorded in the accommodation and food services industry, while 26,000 more left the wholesale trade business, the figures show. State and local government education saw 25,000 more departures. In comparison, employers laid off approximately 1.3 million workers in August, according to the agency. Some analysts have speculated that workers were fearful of the COVID-19 Delta strain, causing them to quit their …

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