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These 10 states have the highest rate of employment resignation

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  • Alaska had the highest rate of resignation in the last 12 months at 3.98 percent.
  • Alaska was followed by South Carolina and Georgia, with Delaware and Kentucky rounding out the top five.
  • The top 5 states with the lowest resignation rates were Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Minnesota and New York.

American workers have left their jobs at an unprecedented rate since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, reaching a 20-year high last November.  

A survey released last week by Pew Research Center found the top three reasons employees quit their posts last year amid the so-called “Great Resignation” were due to low pay, a lack of opportunities to advance, and feeling disrespected.  

Americans continue to exit the work force En masse, and a new report from Wallet Hub has ranked all 50 states based on the rate at which people are leaving their jobs. Alaska had the highest rate in the last 12 months at 3.98 percent. Alaska was followed by South Carolina and Georgia, with Delaware and Kentucky rounding out the top five.  

The top 5 states with the lowest resignation rates were Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Minnesota and New York.


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Joyce Jacobsen, a professor of Economics at Wesleyan University, said in the report’s release one of the main driving factors of employee resignation is a particular state’s economic outlook.  

“Different states have different economies, and we are seeing a greater increase in quit rates in states where there are fewer remote work options and lower unemployment rates. The low unemployment rates mean that there are more options for workers to move to jobs that are more attractive to them.” 

Jacobsen also described the role the pandemic has played in people exiting the workforce, explaining women are often leaving jobs to take care of children out of school and childcare while others are staying out of crowded environments due to a loved one who might be immunocompromised.  

“Some workers, particularly younger and middle-aged workers, have taken the opportunity to take a sabbatical from work. And other workers have chosen to retire earlier than originally planned, given difficult work conditions and improved savings and pension values.”  

Wallet Hub ranked the 50 states and the District of Columbia based on the rate in which employees left their jobs in both the last month and the last 12 months.  

Here are the top ten states with the highest rate of resignations.  

1.Alaska 

  1. South Carolina
  2. Georgia
  3. Delaware
  4. Kentucky
  5. Mississippi
  6. West Virginia
  7. Arizona
  8. Tennessee
  9. Hawaii

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