Thursday, May 19

“The Great Resignation”: Why American Workers Are Leaving Their Jobs at a Record Rate

  • Angel Bermudez (@angelbermudez)
  • BBC News World

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In the United States, nearly four million workers quit in April.

While millions of workers around the world are clinging as hard as they can to jobs that have allowed them better than good to weather the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, in the United States the numbers of voluntary resignations are surpassing their historical record.

Nearly four million workers, equivalent to 2.7% of the entire workforce, left their jobs last April – the highest number since this record began in 2000.

The data seems to confirm the materialization of a realignment in the labor market that the American academic Anthony Klotz baptized as “the Great Renunciation.”

The coronavirus pandemic hit employment in the United States with brutal force. In just two months, Between February and April 2020, the number of unemployed rose from 5,717,000 to 23,109,000, from where a gradual decline began as governments, companies and workers found a way to adapt and keep the economy going.

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