The “Great Resignation” in the United States that saw a record-high number of workers voluntarily resign from their jobs in 2021 – including a record 4.5 million workers who quit in November of 2021 – should continue in 2022, according to a survey from job seeker resource.
The survey polled 1,250 currently employed American adults in December 2021 about their employment plans for 2022. Roughly one quarter of respondents declared their intentions of finding a new job in the new year, setting the stage for yet another year of turmoil in the labor market.
The survey found that nearly one in four – 23 percent – of currently employed individuals planned on finding a new job in 2022 while 9 percent of workers had already secured a new job for 2022. In addition, over half – 52 percent – of those surveyed anticipated quitting in the first half of 2022.
As for why workers were considering quitting their jobs, one in two workers surveyed said they were seeking better pay and benefits. Turnover would be highest among workers in retail, food and hospitality, education, and office and administrative support, the survey revealed.
The survey also found that some workers were pursuing whole new careers, as 32 percent of employees looking for new jobs were seeking employment in a different industry. The top industries attracting new talent were computer and information technology, healthcare, communications, and retail.
A survey from September 2021 revealed one in seven workers surveyed said they planned to quit their jobs before the start of 2022. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4.4 million workers quit in September 2021, 4.2 million quit in October 2021, and a record 4.5 million quit in November 2021.
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