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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 October, the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics data available.

Turnover has not been distributed evenly across the country. The South, the West and the Midwest have the highest percentage of workers quitting their jobs, at 2.7 percent or higher, while only 2.3 percent of workers in the Northeast have quit. Economists and employers alike are left wondering: Will workers continue to leave their jobs in record numbers?

Meanwhile, the South led all regions in hiring workers, with a rate of 4.8 percent. The Midwest and the West saw rates of 4.2 percent and 4.3 percent, respectively, while the Northeast lagged behind the rest at 3.8 percent.

Job openings have grown significantly in the Midwest and the South, with rates of 7.4 percent and 7.2 percent, respectively. The West saw a job openings rate of 6.7 percent, while the Northeast saw a rate of 6.4 percent. 

been more evenly distributed by region, with the South leading slightly at 6.9 percent. The Midwest, the Northeast and the West saw job openings rates of 6.6 percent, 6.5 percent and 6.4 percent, respectively.

The unemployment rate in October was highest in California and Nevada (at 7.3 percent and 7.2 percent, respectively), followed by New Jersey and New York (at 7 percent and 6.9 percent, respectively). Meanwhile, the unemployment rate was lowest in Nebraska (1.9 percent) and Utah (2.2 percent).

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


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