A Nation Of Quitters?

A record 4.3 million workers quit their jobs in August, mostly from food and retail stores. This is not a good sign for the economy, and it’s a worse sign for Christmas purchases.

Workers left their jobs at a record pace in August, with bar and restaurant employees as well as retail staff quitting in droves, the Labor Department reported.

Quits hit a new series high going back to December 2000, as 4.3 million workers left their jobs. The quits rate rose to 2.9%, an increase of 242,000 from the previous month, which saw a rate of 2.7%, according to the department’s Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey. The rate, which is measured against total employment, is the highest in a data series that goes back to December 2000.

I mentioned to Mrs. Earp that we really need to start our Christmas shopping now, because the supply lines are bad now, and they’ll be worse in December.

Quits have been seen historically as a level of confidence from workers who feel they are secure in finding employment elsewhere, though labor dynamics have changed during Covid-19 crisis. Workers have left their jobs because of health concerns and child care issues unique to the pandemic’s circumstances.

A total of 892,000 workers in the food service and accommodation industries left their jobs, while 721,000 retail workers departed along with 534,000 in health care and social assistance.

This is the inevitable result of the government paying workers to stay home. When Americans have been receiving “free money” for six months, why would they be motivated to hop back into the work force?

12 thoughts on “A Nation Of Quitters?

  1. IMHO, this is partly about the “free money” that grows on trees in D.C., and partly due to the forthcoming vax mandate. That was part of my decision to not take another contract extension on my last job. That mandate begins Friday.

    Good thing we now have open borders to do all the jobs Americans won’t do.

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  2. TXNick – The trade school didn’t pan out for Kyle, so he went out today to a bunch of places close to home to apply to a few companies. Nearly every business in my neighborhood is looking, nay begging, for employees.

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    1. It is an employees’ market. I’ll be looking again next month (“Honey do’s mounted up over the last few months), but one non-negotiable thing in my contract will be NO JABS.

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      1. Don’t forget paper stuff as well, paper towels and toilet tissue some large stores I heard have started to limit what you can get in a trip….or we could go like SF and just crap in the street..just make sure it’s in front of a Biden supporters house or your faithful elected Dem.

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  3. Might want to consider getting a large chest freezer if you don’t have one then find a farmer that raises beef. I plan on putting a whole beef in my freezer yet this fall. Cost is $4/lb hanging weight which includes processing. I’m paying $4/lb for hamburger at Walmart and I’ll get steaks & roasts at this price.

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  4. Hound – I already have one for my victims, er, steaks. Yeah, steaks.

    We have a fridge in the garage as well as the one in the kitchen. It has a lot of room.

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  5. It seems to me there has to be a plan.
    This crapshow can’t all be actually unintended consequences, can it?
    I know most of our fine betters are booger eating morons, but some must want this outcome for some reason.

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  6. Veeshir – No way it’s unintended consequences. I think the Biden regime believes if things start going bad – like they are now – the populace would be totally dependent upon the government.

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