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The Great Resignation's impact on states is continuing to develop as ongoing elevated quits levels have led to increased job openings. The interplay between hires, quits, job openings and unemployment rates gives a state-by-state look at the jobs market in July 2022, the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics data available.

Turnover has not been distributed evenly across the country. The South has the highest percentage of workers quitting their jobs, at 3.3 percent. Meanwhile, 2.5 percent and 2.6 percent of workers have quit in the Midwest and the West, respectively, while only 2.1 percent of those in the Northeast have quit.

The South also led all regions in hiring workers, with a rate of 4.7 percent. The Midwest, the West and the Northeast saw rates of 4.1 percent, 4 percent and 3.4 percent, respectively.

Job openings have grown significantly in the South, at 7.2 percent, and in the Midwest and the West, both at 6.9 percent. The Northeast saw slightly lower job openings rates of 6.1 percent.

The unemployment rate was highest in the District of Columbia (at 5.2 percent), followed by Alaska and New Mexico (both at 4.5 percent). Meanwhile, the unemployment rate was lowest in Minnesota (at 1.8 percent), followed Nebraska, New Hampshire and Utah (each at 2 percent).

For more information on the Great Resignation, see SHRM's Resource Hub page on Turnover and Retention.


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