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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 February 2022, the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics data available.

Turnover has not been distributed evenly across the country. The South and the West have the highest percentage of workers quitting their jobs, at 3.2 percent and 3 percent, respectively. Meanwhile, only 2.9 percent of workers in the Midwest and 2.2 percent of those in the Northeast have quit.

The South led all regions in hiring workers, with a rate of 5.2 percent. The Midwest, the West and the Northeast saw rates of 4 percent, 4.5 percent and 3.9 percent, respectively.

Job openings have grown significantly in the Midwest, the South and the West, with rates of 7.1 percent in all three regions. The Northeast saw a slightly lower job openings rate of 6.7 percent.

The unemployment rate was highest in the District of Columbia (at 6.1 percent), followed by New Mexico and California (at 5.6 percent and 5.3 percent, respectively). Meanwhile, the unemployment rate was lowest in Nebraska and Utah (both at 2.1 percent).

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


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