There’s a quiet revolution underway in the American economy. All over the country, workers are leaving their jobs in record numbers. An unprecedented 4.3 million people—or 2.9 percent of the workforce—quit in August 2021, according to the latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, topping the previous record of 4 million people quitting in April. Read on to explore the best reporting and analysis about what’s driving the “Great Resignation” and how it could shape the economy for years to come. Plus: how to decide whether or not it’s time for you to move on as well.
With so many American workers imagining a new relationship to their careers, I set out to talk to people who either had already quit or were planning to quit their jobs.
The best economists right now are epidemiologists—and a psychologist in Texas who’s become the village explainer of the “Great Resignation.”
Can canceling a few Zoom meetings and giving people an extra week of vacation really cure a bone-deep malaise?
How do you know if you are in desperate need of change or just in a pandemic fug?
A record number of workers are quitting or taking early retirement from jobs where they feel disrespected and burned out in what is being called “The Great Resignation.” Here’s how they are getting by financially.