Special Report

States Where Fewer People Are Quitting Their Jobs

For months, Americans have been quitting their jobs in record numbers. Quits hit an all-time  high of 4.5 million in November 2021 and have hovered near that mark every month since. While monthly quits remain at historic highs, in much of the country, what some have called the Great Resignation, may be showing signs of slowing. 

According to the latest numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4.27 million Americans quit their job in March 2022, a 1.3% decline from the previous month. In some states, the month-over-month decline was far more pronounced. 

Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 24/7 Wall St. identified the states where quits are declining the fastest. The 30 states with declining quits are ranked by the percentage change in the number of total quits between April 2022 and May 2022, the most recent months of available data.

Among the 30 states, month-over-month declines in quits range from 1% to over 20%. It is important to note that in many of these states, quit rates – the number of quits as a share of the total labor force – remains historically high. In most states on this list, the number of people who quit their job in May is higher than the number who quit in May 2021. 

Explanations for high quit rates vary, but according to a recent survey published by the Pew Research Center, low pay and limited room for advancement were among the most commonly cited reasons. (Here is a look at 25 jobs with the fastest rising wages.)

The precise reasons for falling quit rates in the states on this list are less clear, though many Americans may feel financial pressure from historically high inflation and soaring cost of living. (Here is a look at nine items not to buy to fight inflation.)

Click here to see the states where fewer people are quitting their jobs. 

Click here to read our detailed methodology.

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