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State by State: Hires, Quits, Job Openings and Unemployment

These four maps show the geography of the Great Resignation—where workers are quitting, getting hired and remaining unemployed, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

[These graphics have been updated.]

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 November 2023, the latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data available.

Turnover has not been distributed evenly across the country. The South and the Midwest have the highest percentage of workers quitting their jobs, at 2.4 percent. Meanwhile, 2 percent of workers have quit in the West, followed by 1.8 percent of workers in the the Northeast.

The South also led all regions in hiring workers, with a rate of 4 percent. Meanwhile, the Midwest saw a hires rate of 3.5 percent, the Northeast saw a rate of 3.1 percent, and the West saw a rate of 2.9 percent.

Job openings have remained elevated in the Midwest, at 5.7 percent, and the South, at 5.5 percent. Meanwhile, the Northeast saw a job openings rate of 5.1 percent, and the West saw a rate of 4.8 percent.

The unemployment rate was highest in Nevada, at 5.4 percent, followed by the District of Columbia, at 5 percent. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate was lowest in Maryland, at 1.8 percent, followed by North Dakota, at 1.9 percent.