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Quitting Time Everywhere: A Guide to ‘The Great Resignation’

Why so many people are leaving their jobs right now and what it means for the economy, the future of work, and your career.

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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.